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NFL's Geno Smith Busting My Ass In Rehab ... After Bad Knee Injury

11/16/2016 9:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1116-geno-smith-twitter-01Geno Smith is battling through his ACL tear -- working his butt off to try to get back on the field next season ... just days after undergoing surgery. 

The NY Jets QB went under the knife to repair his right knee on Nov. 9th after suffering the ACL tear while playing the Ravens on Oct. 23rd. 

1116-geno-smith-twitter-02Just 3 days later he was already in physical therapy -- and today, one week later, he's still pushing himself. 

Geno's a free agent after this season and he's most likely done with the Jets -- question is, where will he land next season? 

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Jets' Brandon Marshall I'LL GET TO THE PLAYOFFS

11/1/2016 7:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NY Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has NEVER made a playoff appearance in his entire 11 year NFL career -- but he says that's finally going to change.

We saw Brandon out Monday night on Halloween and asked about his costume -- here's what he said:

"I am myself ... I'm Brandon Marshall, the wide receiver that made the playoffs!"

The Jets are 3-5 and way behind the Patriots in the AFC East -- but there are rumors the Jets could move Marshall ... and the trade deadline is 4 PM ET TODAY!!! 

So, does he know something we don't ... or is he saying Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets are still going to get to the postseason?

Guess we'll know soon enough ... 

NY Jets Dennis Byrd Dies in Car Crash

10/16/2016 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1016-dennis-byrd-GETTY-01Former NY Jets star Dennis Byrd -- was paralyzed in a game, but learned to walk again -- has died in an Oklahoma car accident.

The collision happened Saturday in Byrd's home state, outside Tulsa. According to cops, a Ford Explorer traveling in the opposite direction swerved into Byrd's lane and crashed into his vehicle. He was declared dead on the scene from "massive injuries." Two people in the Explorer suffered serious injuries.

Byrd infamously suffered an on-field injury in 1992 that left him paralyzed. However, less than a year later he taught himself to walk again ... and became a huge inspiration to NFL players and fans.

The Jets retired his number 90 jersey in 2012. Team owner Woody Johnson said, "The inspiration he provided to all not only by his play on the field but from the way he overcame life's obstacles was remarkable by any measure."

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Jets' Brandon Marshall Redemption Comes Thursday ... Bring On the Bills!

9/12/2016 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Brandon Marshall has a message for heartbroken Jets fans -- CHANGE IS COMING!! 

Of course, Marshall and Gang Green were edged out by the Cincinnati Bengals at home Sunday in the season opener ... and you could tell the WR was still bummed out Monday morning. 

Physically, BM says he feels good ... and he's ready to go on Thursday night when the Jets take on the Bills. 

"We'll come back Thursday and we'll get it done."

Brandon Marshall Calls Out Antonio Brown I'll Bet My Porsche I'm Better Than You!

7/28/2016 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This could get awesome!!! 

Now that Ryan Fitzpatrick has reportedly re-signed with the Jets, Brandon Marshall is getting all sorts of cocky ... betting HIS PORSCHE that he'll have more receiving yards this year than Antonio Brown

The NY Jets wide receiver took to social media to issue a very expensive challenge to his Pittsburgh Steelers rival. 

"If you have more receiving yards than me, I'll give you the Porsche ... if I have more recieving yards than you, then you gotta give me the Rolls-Royce."

So far, no response from Antonio ... but you can't imagine he's gonna back down from this! 

Game on!

Dear God ; thank you

A photo posted by Antonio Brown (@ab) on

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Chad Pennington Ryan Fitzpatrick Needs the Jets ... And Jets Need Him

5/2/2016 6:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It's time for ... "How to Save the NY Jets ... starring Chad Pennington."

The former NY Jets QB was out in Chicago for the Draft over the weekend -- so we had to ask about the quarterback situation ... now that they have FOUR gunslingers in the mix. 

The solution -- according to Pennington -- GET A DEAL DONE WITH RYAN FITZPATRICK

Check out the clip ... Pennington says it's not just the best move for the Jets -- but also for Ryan. 

BTW, since Pennington was known for being such a tough guy back in the day, we asked what he thought of Austin Rivers' playoff performance -- playing with 11 STITCHES in his face! 

Chad was definitely impressed. 

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'Game of Thrones' Creator Happy Retirement D'Brickashaw Ferguson

4/24/2016 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

George RR Martin, the brain behind "Game of Thrones" is a New York Jets mega-fan and has a special retirement message for D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

Ferguson announced earlier this month he'll be hanging up his cleats ... and Martin calls the offensive tackle's ten years without missing a game "incredible." 

If anyone knows a thing or two about success, it's Martin ... GOT's sixth season premieres Sunday night. 

Brandon Marshall Jets Gotta Keep Fitzpatrick ... I'll Raise The Money!!!

4/21/2016 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Brandon Marshall is desperate to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Jets starting QB ... so desperate he says he's willing to solve the Jets vs Fitzpatrick contract dispute ... by raising the damn money himself.

With the Jets and Fitzpatrick reportedly "far apart" on a new contract ... we had to ask Marshall what he thought it was going to take to get the two sides to agree to a deal.

He's got a huge stake in this ... dude had a monster season last year with Fitzpatrick, grabbing 109 passes and hauling in a career best 14 touchdowns.

Check out the clip -- Marshall's obviously willing to do what it takes to keep RF in NY ... including taking the hat in hand method.

Can you say GoFundMe?

Jets Ryan Fitzpatrick He's Still Elite QB Despite 3 INTs ...Says College Coach

1/4/2016 11:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1230_Tim-Murphy_Ryan-Fitzpatrick_getty_harvardN.Y. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is still one of the best in the NFL ... is NOT what Jets fans are saying Monday, but his college coach still has his back. 

Fitzpatrick threw 3 interceptions in Sunday's do-or-die game against the Bills, but Harvard coach Tim Murphy tells TMZ Sports he believes "Fitzy is one of the top 15 Quarterbacks on the planet" ... and yesterday's game did NOTHING to change his mind.

His evidence? "Teams Quarterbacked by Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers and Ryan Fitzpatrick did not have a great day yesterday." 

Of course the only difference is those other guys have rings and are locks for the Hall of Fame. We'll see if Fitzy bounces back ... next year.

Darrelle Revis My Favorite Island Is ...

12/31/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It's a silly question ... asking Darrelle Revis (aka "Revis Island") what his favorite island is ... but boy did the man come up with a very clever answer.

Our photog rode along with Revis as we were inducted into something called the "Ride of Fame" ... which honored the New York Jets star for his work on the field and for his charitable work with the Revis Island Foundation.

Revis not only had a great answer for the island question, he also settled a lifelong debate about childhood football toys.

NFL's Sheldon Richardson I Know I Screwed Up ... But I've Changed

12/16/2015 9:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NY Jets stud defensive end Sheldon Richardson says he's not the same guy who was arrested earlier this season ... claiming he's seen the error in his ways and is now dedicated to helping others.

The former Pro Bowler took the mic at "Kevin Powell's 15th Annual Holiday Party And Clothing Drive" Tuesday night -- an event he put on with the former congressional candidate -- and opened up about his tumultuous summer.

"I was negative in the community ... I'm gonna change."

If you remember ... Richardson was arrested back in July for allegedly driving 143 mph in his Bentley and was also suspended for the first 4 games of this season for weed in a separate incident. 

Check out the clip ... Sheldon says he's dedicated to putting all that behind him now ... and even pledged $5,000 to help homeless people in NYC. 

"I'm trying to do better for myself and my community."

NFL's Sheldon Richardson Image Makeover Continues

12/15/2015 5:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1215-sheldon-richardson-getty-01NY Jets player Sheldon Richardson is trying to make everyone forget his TERRIBLE summer ... by putting on a clothing drive in NYC with a former Congressional candidate.

Richardson is hooking up with Kevin Powell for his 15th Annual Holiday Party and Clothing Drive Tuesday night.

Sheldon needs some positive vibes -- this summer he was hammered with a 4 game suspension from the NFL for doping, then arrested for driving 143 MPH with a 12-year-old kid in the car ... and a gun.

Admission to the party is free as long as you donate a piece of clothing to the homeless. Good stuff.

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Geno Smith Teammate Calls BS On Fight Claim ... IK Punch Was About Money

11/12/2015 11:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1112-smith-enemkpali-getty-01Geno Smith's claim that IK Enemkpali's jaw punch WASN'T about money is a LIE ... that's according to a NY Jets player who witnessed the attack ... and says he heard IK talk about the cash.

Smith recently spoke out about the incident ... saying the idea the fight was about $600 he owed IK after flaking on a football camp appearance is "the biggest misconception in America."

TMZ Sports talked with a respected Jets veteran on the condition of anonymity ... and he says Geno's statement simply doesn't jive with what he saw and heard that day.

"Geno just saying that sh*t 'cause he don't wanna look bad."

Our source says IK was fuming about Geno's no-show even before the fight ... and personally heard him mention the money as the two men were being separated.

"IK was clearly upset about him not showing up to the camp. IK was talking it up to everyone at the camp that Geno was gonna be there."

Here's the blow-by-blow: 

"So IK approached Geno about it in the locker room. he was clearly frustrated, and they were yelling at each other. And Geno said he didn't wanna talk about it, and kinda turned around, and that's when IK sucker punched him. Then we were pulling them apart, and then IK was like, 'You owe me money!'"

By the way, if Geno is lying ... it wouldn't be the first time -- remember the plane incident of 2014?

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