New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is set to miss the rest of the NFL season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, coach Todd Bowles confirmed.
Speaking during a conference call on Monday, Bowles revealed the initial results of Smith's MRI, though the Jets will still seek a second opinion.
Smith, making his first start of the season, exited Sunday's 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens midway through the second quarter after being sacked by Ravens linebacker Matt Judon.
The 26-year-old Smith limped to the sidelines to be examined before being taken to the locker room and ruled out for the rest of the game.
"It's tough luck for the kid," Bowles said. "[Ryan] Fitzpatrick finished the game up and we're going with Fitz."
Smith eventually returned to the field but spent the second half standing on the sidelines in street clothes, which prompted legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath to question the severity of his injury.
"If you've got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game why are you standing on the sideline the entire 2nd half? How bad can it be?" Namath tweeted late in the game.
Before getting hurt and giving way to the man he had replaced, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Smith completed four of eight passes for 95 yards. He recorded his first touchdown of the year in the first quarter when he tossed a short pass to wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who outraced Ravens defenders for a 69-yard score.