PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have claimed Ikemefuna Enemkpali off of waivers from the New York Jets after the linebacker was released for breaking quarterback Geno Smith’s jaw with a punch in the team’s locker room, a person familiar with the transaction said Wednesday.

The person told The Associated Press about the move on condition of anonymity because it had not yet been announced.

Enemkpali (EN-um-PAL-ee) and Smith got into a dispute Tuesday before the team’s morning walkthrough and the linebacker slugged the quarterback. Smith likely needs surgery and is sidelined for 6-10 weeks, according to coach Todd Bowles. Enemkpali was released by the team shortly after the incident.

Buffalo’s waiver claim reunites Enemkpali with coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. NFL.com first reported Buffalo’s move.


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