Freshly-minted New York Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith suffered a torn ACL on Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Ravens. The injury will sideline him for the remainder of the 2016 NFL season, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The injury

Smith was making his first start of the season on Sunday, replacing the ineffective Ryan Fitzpatrick. He went 4 of 8 with 95 passing yards and a touchdown, although the touchdown was scored on a short curl route that receiver Quincy Enunwa ran the length of the field for the score.

Smith was trying to avoid linebacker Matt Judon when he took the sack and immediately left the game and headed to the locker room to be checked out.

Smith was insistent about coming back into the game, believing his injury to be mild, but Fitzpatrick led a strong running game to the 24-16 victory.

An MRI on Monday confirmed Smith's torn ACL. He'll visit famed Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday for a second opinion before proceeding with any treatment.

Jets outlook

Fitzpatrick had one of the best statistical seasons in franchise history before signing a one-year contract with the team late in the offseason. Since then, he has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, leading the league in interceptions prior to his benching. He'll have every opportunity to hold on to the starterjob now, but he is quoted as being unhappy with the franchise after his benching.

The injury to Smith likely ends his tumultuous tenure with the Jets, as he's slated to be a free agent in the offseason. He was projected to be the team's quarterback of the future, but never developed a firm hold of the starter job, losing it to Fitzpatrick in the 2015 preseason after suffering a broken jaw due to a teammates's punch over a money dispute.

The Jets are currently 2-5 and would need an extremely strong finish to have a chance at the playoffs. If they officially fall out of the race, Fitzpatrick would likely be replaced by Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, two young quarterback prospects the Jets are interested in developing.

New York will restart the Ryan Fitzpatrick era by traveling tothe Cleveland Browns on Sunday, October 30.

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