Jets quarterback Geno Smith is already out-and-about following surgery on his jaw after getting sucker-punched by ex-teammate IK Enemkpali last week.
His cheeks swollen, Smith was spotted at his apartment complex in Whippany N.J. where New York Post photographers found him playing catch outside with a "buddy."
The Post managed to snap off a couple of photos of Smith's puffed face, and to get a couple of quotes from him:
"I feel great. You see me throwin', right?" he said, his speech slightly slurred by the swelling.
Smith was shirtless and strangely wearing eye-black tape during the casual toss and had a message to Jets fans regarding his six to 10-week layoff: "Get ready for me to come back."
But head coach Todd Bowles may have wished they did wire Smith's jaw shut. Bowles said Smith's job as the Jets' starting quarterback will not be guaranteed upon his return.
Or will his teammates' respect.
After Enemkpali, a sixth-round draft pick last year punched out Smith, he was immediately released and later signed by the Bills. And while keeping virtually silent about their signal caller, Jets players have reportedly been phoning linebacker Enemkpali with support.