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Browns Catch A Break For The Regular Season Opener

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Geno Smith's broken jaw: good news for Browns fans?

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

If you'll pardon the pun for a moment, the Browns just caught a bit of a break for their September 13th regular season opener against the New York Jets. Sometime this morning, Geno Smith was sucker punched by a teammate and suffered a broken jaw, which will leave him out 6-10 weeks.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">There was an altercation in the locker room. He broke his jaw. REquired surgery. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nyj?src=hash">#nyj</a></p>&mdash; Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrianCoz/status/631153960829755392">August 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I had to double check, as this feels like a very Brownsy thing to happen, but I assure you this did not happen in Cleveland. It later came out that second year linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali was behind the fist that delivered the punch, and he was subsequently released.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It was LB IK Enemkpali who broke Geno Smith&#39;s jaw. Coach Todd Bowles called the incident "childish.&quot; Enemkpali has been released.</p>&mdash; Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rachel__Nichols/status/631156133332418560">August 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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What does this mean for the Browns? It means they'll likely face journeyman backup Ryan Fitzpatrick to start the season. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is up for debate, but one thing is for sure: this is one of the stranger stories to come out of NFL camps this year.