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Jets G.M.: Geno Smith could miss 4 regular season games, but not 8

Michael Vick, Geno Smith

AP

The Jets might not be crazy about Geno Smith’s shirtless throwing session two days after surgery to repair his broken jaw.

But they apparently feel pretty good about the timetable for his return.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan said while putting his quarterback on injured reserve/designated for return was possible, it “would not be likely.”

The IR/DFR designation would rule Smith out for the first eight weeks of the regular season, after he suffered a broken jaw when former teammate IK Enemkpali punched him in the face. Players given that designation can return to practice after six weeks and be activated after eight weeks.

Maccagnan suggested that Smith would miss at least the first four games of the regular season, and Jets coach Todd Bowles has said previously that it wasn’t guaranteed he’d get his job back when well.

The Jets are also looking around for a veteran quarterback to work alongside Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps in Smith’s absence, though that doesn’t appear imminent.