Flight Delayed: New York Jets QB Geno Smith Has a Torn ACL

October 24, 2016 0

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Damn. I can’t help but to feel for this young man. Last season due to injury, New York Jets quarterack Geno Smith lost his job to back up QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and Fitzpatrick had the best season of his NFL career earning him respect in the locker room and a new 1 year 12 million deal with the Jets. Fast Forward to present day, it appeared after a horrible start to the 2016 NFL season by Fitzpatrick that Geno Smith would once again have his chance to claim the starting QB position for the Jets. Yesterday during the Jets Week 7 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, Geno was injured and we now know that Geno Smith has a torn ACL and will likely be out for the season.

According to ESPN, 

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith tore the ACL in his right knee and will be out for the season, a source confirmed, meaning the team likely will return to Ryan Fitzpatrick as its starter.

Smith, making his first start since Dec. 28, 2014, was injured Sunday on a second-quarter sack by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matt Judon. Smith left the game and spent the second half on the sideline in street clothes.

Afterward, Smith sounded encouraged, saying, “I don’t think it will be anything too significant, but we’ll see.”

An MRI on Monday confirmed the ACL tear. Smith, seeking a second opinion, will visit Tuesday with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, the source said.

It’s another tough break for the 2013 second-round pick, who lost his starting job in August 2015 when he was punched in the face by then-teammate IK Enemkpali and suffered a broken jaw. Smith was replaced by Fitzpatrick, who enjoyed a career year and landed a one-year, $12 million contract.

Coach Todd Bowles has yet to comment on the ACL tear — first reported by the NFL Network — but he has little choice but to go back to Fitzpatrick, whom he benched last week. Presumably, second-year quarterback Bryce Petty, who has no regular-season experience, will serve as the backup quarterback while rookie Christian Hackenberg will be the No. 3.

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