Sucker-Punching Former Jet Enemkpali Joins Ryan's Buffalo Bills

  • Jets' Geno Smith, injured by Enemkpali, is out for 6-10 weeks
  • Bills, Jets meet at MetLife Stadium during Week 10 of season

IK Enemkpali was claimed by the Buffalo Bills, one day after being waived by the New York Jets for breaking starting quarterback Geno Smith’s jaw.

The signing reunites the linebacker with former Jets coach Rex Ryan, who drafted Enemkpali in 2014. Ryan is in his first season in Buffalo, an AFC East Division rival of the Jets, after posting a 46-50 record with New York from 2009-14.

“This guy wouldn’t be here if we didn’t feel he had a chance to be successful on the football field, in the locker room and in the classroom and in the community, period,” Ryan said Wednesday at a news conference.

Smith will have surgery and be out at least six to 10 weeks after being “sucker-punched” by Enemkpali on Tuesday following a locker-room argument, Jets coach Todd Bowles said.

The quarterback probably will be healthy when the teams meet during the 2015 season. They square off for the first time during Week 10, playing Thursday, Nov. 12 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. They close the regular season against each other in Buffalo on Jan. 3.

A dispute over a $600 plane ticket was the source of the argument between the two players, according to ESPN. Smith initially was planning to attend Enemkpali’s football camp in Texas last month and canceled after a friend was killed in a motorcycle accident. He told Enemkpali that he’d be repaid for the unused plane ticket and the confrontation occurred after Smith failed to do so, the network reported.

Ryan hasn’t been afraid to sign players who’ve had troubles with teammates, also adding lineman Richie Incognito and receiver Percy Harvin this offseason.

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