East Notes: Carr, G. Smith, IK, Brady

After having surgery on Monday to repair a broken bone in his hand, Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr seems to be pleased with both the operation and the state of his health. “If I had to play today, you wouldn’t even know I was hurt,” Carr told Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “It feels all right. Not much discomfort, not much pain right now, it’s just the healing process. It hurts more that I’m not out there with the guys. I got to take care of business, take care what’s necessary with myself.” Though neither Carr nor head coach Jason Garrett would provide a timetable on the corner’s return, it sounds as if he’s likely to suit up for Week 1.

Here’s more from the NFL’s East divisions…

  • Jets quarterback Geno Smith was released from the hospital yesterday, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Smith, of course, suffered a broken jaw after being punched by IK Enemkpali and is expected to miss six-to-ten weeks.
  • Speaking of Enemkpali, Ben Shpigel of the New York Times provides an interesting profile of the former Jets (and current Bills) linebacker, adding a few more details on the infamous incident. Per Shpigel, Enemkpali not only was stiffed by Smith for $600, but repeatedly was the butt of teammates’ jokes over his failure to get reimbursed.
  • Ben Volin of the Boston Globe offers his take on the Smith/Enemkpali incident, the new-look Bills, and the Patriots‘ signing of backup quarterback Ryan Lindley, who has studied with the same QBs coach employed by Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • In a separate article, Volin argues that a settlement between the NFL and the NFLPA in the Tom Brady case is unlikely, noting that not only is money not a motivating factor (as it is in most arbitration cases), but each party has too much to lose PR-wise.
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