God exists, and he hates the New York Jets.
After being named the Jets starting quarterback for Sunday’s 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens, Geno Smith left the game in the second quarter with an injury to his right knee.
On Monday, an MRI revealed that Smith tore his ACL in his right knee, ending his season and most likely, his tenure with the Jets.
Smith is currently in the final season of his four-year rookie contract and with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg waiting in the wings, it’s hard to see the Jets bringing him back based on what he has shown through his first two seasons as the starter and his relief appearances for the incumbent Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Sources: Based on initial MRI, belief is that #Jets QB Geno Smith tore his ACL. Incredible. Players in the locker room are learning about it
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2016
Before suffering the injury, Smith looked impressive completing 4-8 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown pass to Quincy Enunwa. If not for dropped passes, Smith’s numbers would have looked even better. Unfortunately, Smith’s next chance to prove himself as an NFL quarterback will likely come in another team’s uniform.
The news of this injury will likely come as a surprise to many, including Smith who told ESPN he didn’t think the injury was, “anything too significant.” Smith also said he was “begging” the coaching staff to let him back in the game and received criticism from former quarterback Joe Namath for standing on the sideline throughout the second half.
If you've got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game why are you standing on the sideline the entire 2nd half? How bad can it be?
— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 23, 2016
The Jets have yet to officially name a starter for next Sunday’s game at the Cleveland Browns, but the assumption is that Head Coach Todd Bowles will go back to the $12 million man, Fitzpatrick with Petty backing him up and Hackenberg serving as the third string quarterback.