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Jets' Marshall defends Geno Smith, says QB did nothing to warrant punch

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 15: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets watches the scoreboard during the final minute of a loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-20. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears questions an incomplete pass call at the end of the third quarter of their game against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field on September 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.The call was challenged and overturned for a complete pass. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 15: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets watches the scoreboard during the final minute of a loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-20. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears questions an incomplete pass call at the end of the third quarter of their game against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field on September 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.The call was challenged and overturned for a complete pass. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NEW YORK -- New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has come to Geno Smith's defense, saying the injured quarterback was not at fault in last week's locker-room fight.

In an interview Monday with ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" show, Marshall says he saw then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali punch Smith and break his jaw. Marshall says Smith didn't stick a finger in Enemkpali's face, as some reports suggested.

The receiver roomed with the quarterback in the offseason. He says it's an "unfortunate situation" and Smith "didn't do anything wrong that day."

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Smith had surgery Thursday to insert screws and metal plates in his jaw. He is expected to be out six to 10 weeks. Enemkpali was cut and claimed on waivers by Buffalo.