Geno Smith Disobeys Doctor’s Orders, Jets Not Happy

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Geno Smith is expected to miss 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw.(Photo: Noah K. Murray, USA TODAY Sports)

It’s one thing to get someone so angry at you that they “sucker” punch you. It is another to be a professional athlete that has been told by a team physician to layoff your activity until you are healed enough not to do any more damage to your body.

Geno Smith, the player in question, has been reprimanded by the New York Jets Sunday for playing catch with a friend only two days after surgery, disobeying a direct order by the team to avoid physical activity to allow his fractured jaw to repair. The former starting quarterback was “cold decked” in the face last Tuesday in a locker room altercation with then-teammate IK Enemkpali.

Smith was photographed shirtless on Saturday by the New York Post, throwing footballs to a friend at his apartment complex a few miles from the New York Jet’s facility.  Smith did not suffer any further injuries to his face and jaw.

Jet Head Coach Tom Bowles was not amused nor happy with the Smith incident.

“He shouldn’t be doing it right now,” the coach remarked Saturday.  The coach went on to say that, “We handled that internally. We had that discussion…… (Smith’s) surgery. You don’t want it infected.”

Maybe you can’t fix stupid with Smith.  His decision making is lacking maturity and now in his third year in the NFL, what next?  It was telling that former teammates of the man that sucker punched him made positive contact with him after his first game with his new team.  Maybe IK was more liked in the Jets locker room than Geno.  It’s possible and not that far of a stretch.

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