Geno Smith played in a game for the first time this season on Sunday, but almost didn’t make it to the end.
During the opening drive, Jets’ starter Ryan Fitzpatrick injured his thumb, tearing ligaments on his non-throwing hand, and had to leave the game.
Smith entered the game and promptly threw a 23-yard completion to Jeremy Kerley to set up a field goal.
The Raiders revamped offense was able to move the ball at will against the Jets’ vaunted defense and led 21-6 at halftime. Smith led two touchdown drives during the second half, but the game was out of reach.
With 54 seconds left in the game, Smith took a hard hit and left the game briefly. Fitzpatrick, whom had been ruled out, reentered because the team carried only two active QB’s in the game. Rookie Bryce Petty was inactive. While Smith took a few minutes to catch his breath, Fitzpatrick ran one play.
Smith closed out the game. The Jets fell 34-20. Smith finished with 265 yards passing to go along with two touchdowns and an interception. He was also the Jets leading rusher in the game with 34.
Following the game, the Smith had X-rays done to determine the severity of his injury. Head coach Todd Bowles told the media that Smith suffered shoulder and abdominal injuries.
Smith said he feels “pretty confident” he’ll be able to play next week against the Jaguars, but will still undergo further evaluation. Fitzpatrick will undergo an MRI on Monday.
The team feels that Bryce Petty is not ready for live action, and are actively shopping around for a competent backup for Smith.
We’ll have more on this in our NFL Week 8 recap on Tuesday.