Twitter Blitz: Joe Namath takes shot at Jets QB Geno Smith
The Baltimore Ravens weren’t the only ones taking shots at Jets quarterback Geno Smith on Sunday.
Smith was knocked out of the game on a second-quarter sack. And then he was slammed by Jets legend Joe Namath, who took to Twitter to question the severity of Smith’s knee injury after the quarterback watched the entire second half on the Jets’ sideline in street clothes.
“If you’ve got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game, why are you standing on the sideline the entire second half?” the former Super Bowl-winning quarterback wrote. “How bad can it be?”
Sunday was Smith’s first Jets start in nearly two years, as he replaced the struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick. But it lasted just 24 plays; Smith’s right knee twisted awkwardly when the Ravens’ Matt Judon sacked him midway through the second quarter.
Smith went back to the locker room and returned to the sideline after halftime to watch Fitzpatrick and the Jets rally for a 24-16 win. There was no visible wrap on his knee, and Smith stood nearly the entire second half, but he moved gingerly.
Smith is scheduled to have an MRI today. After the game, hesaid he doesn’t believe the injury is serious and that he was “begging” to return.
But that wasn’t enough to impress Namath, who was ravaged by knee injuries in his career. Smith later saw Namath’s comments and responded on Twitter.
“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!” Smith wrote.
What happens next remains unclear. Jets coach Todd Bowles said on Sunday it’s “too early to tell” who will start this weekend in Cleveland, even if Smith is cleared to play.