Don't worry, kids, Geno Smith will be back better than ever.
Actually, that might not be true at all. But the Jets quarterback would like you to believe that his broken jaw won't derail his NFL career. Smith posted a photo to Instagram after a sucker punch from teammate IK Enemkpali that will cause him to miss six to 10 weeks of the NFL season.
Enemkpali was cut from the team after the fight, but that doesn't absolve Smith of blame. Coach Todd Bowles said he wasn't happy with Smith's role in the fight, whatever it was, and wouldn't promise Smith the starting QB job when he returns.
Instead, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the team's new starter, and Smith has to earn back not just his starting job, but the respect of his teammates. Cornerback Darrelle Revis blamed Smith as much as Enemkpali for the fight, which suggests that Smith was doing something that prompted the suckerpunch from his teammate.
Meanwhile, Smith's already underwhelming NFL career takes another hit, and this incident surely won't help the Jets get a sense of his potential as a starter of the future.
Smith hasn't said whether he will press charges against Enemkpali for the assault, but that issue might not be as pressing as Smith's need to recover and redeem himself as a leader of the Jets team.
There has been an upswing of fighting in NFL training camps this year, a topic debated on The Rundown even before Smith took it on the jaw: