Bills claim LB IK Enemkpali, who punched, broke Geno Smith’s jaw

FILE - This is a 2015, file photo showing Ikemefuna Enemkpali of the New York Jets NFL football team. New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will be sidelined at least 6-10 weeks after being punched in the jaw by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali. Coach Todd Bowles made the announcement before training camp practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Enemkpali, an outside linebacker in his second season, has been released by the Jets, according to Bowles. (AP Photo/File)

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) — A linebacker who punched his starting quarterback in the face, breaking his jaw, went only one day without a job before the Buffalo Bills claimed him for their roster.

News broke Tuesday of Geno Smith’s broken jaw, reportedly broken at the hands of linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali. The New York Jets, who now are without their starting quarterback for at least six weeks, released Enemkpali soon after.

But the second year player, who appeared in six games in his rookie year, will now be reunited with the coach who drafted him. Rex Ryan selected Enemkpali in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, and now as the Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills, Ryan has brought the player back.

While speaking to media on Wednesday, Ryan said Enemkpali admitted it was a mistake to him. Ryan promised the linebacker would fit into the team.

Ryan has frequently said he wants the team to be built into a bully in the NFL, and that’s the direction the team has taken.

The Buffalo Bills brought on Richie Incognito, an offensive guard who faced unemployment for a year after the Miami Dolphins launched an investigation into bullying in the team’s locker room.

In order to make space for Enemkpali, the Bills designated tight end Clay Burton as waived/injured. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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