Geno Smith’s season ended Sunday during the second quarter of his first start of the 2016 season when he was sacked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matt Judon and tore his ACL.
However, during the game, Smith was able to walk to the locker room and was spotted standing on the sidelines in street clothes. The sight of Smith looking fine on the sidelines prompted legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath to question Smith’s toughness on Twitter during the game.
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
Clearly, the injury was pretty bad. Smith replied to Namath on Twitter after the game before his diagnosis was revealed.
Somebody tell Joe that the doctors have the final say on whether you can or cannot get back into the game…… and also that I love him!
— Geno (@GenoSmith7) October 23, 2016
News broke Monday that Smith had torn his ACL and that his season, and Jets career is likely over. On Tuesday, the Super Bowl winning quarterback offered a mea culpa to the embattled Smith.
@GenoSmith7 My bad Geno. In the dark ages we players had the say. I hope you heal and play as long as you choose! Joe
— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 25, 2016
In the meantime, the Jets are still looking for their next franchise quarterback since Namath. Spoiler alert: They aren’t any closer to finding him.