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Geno Smith cleared for action, might be backup this week

New York Jets

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in East Rutherford. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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The Jets have made it clear that Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain their starter, but Geno Smith might be back in uniform this week.

Via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, Smith has been cleared after having his jaw broken by former teammate IK Enemkpali, and could be Fitzpatrick’s backup Sunday.

Asked whether Smith would be active this week, Jets coach Todd Bowles replied: “It’s possible, it’s between him and Bryce [Petty], [we’ll] see how much he learns this week. One of them will be the No. 2 quarterback, he could be.”

For a guy who walked into the season having been declared the starter, that’s a fairly lukewarm welcome back. But Smith had done plenty to be less than secure in the job, and Fitzpatrick has been solid, which is all the Jets really need from the position.