On Monday, Geno Smith returned to the practice field to take part in position drills for the first time since having his jaw broken by IK Enemkpali in almost a month ago.
He participated in some throwing drills and answered some questions from the media afterwards. When asked if he repaid the $600 debt to Enemkpali, he refused to answer, but did say that he won’t press charges. When it was suggested that the Jets’ fan base was blindsided by his injury, Smith replied, “Imagine how I felt.”
Regarding the entirety of the incident, he said “there’s obviously a lesson learned” and hinted that more details would come out in the NFL’s investigation.
Head coach Todd Bowles said that despite Smith’s return to the practice field, he will still miss at least the first four games. Since his departure, Ryan Fitzpatrick has since replaced Smith at the top of the depth chart.
Although Bowles has not made any indication as to what the depth chart will look like upon Smith’s return, it is likely that if Fitzpatrick is playing well and the Jets are winning, he will remain the starter.