Bills claims Enemkpali off waivers after punching Jets' Smith

(AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have claimed Ikemefuna Enemkpali off waivers from the New York Jets after the linebacker was released for breaking quarterback Geno Smith's jaw with a punch in the team's locker room.

Coach Rex Ryan announced the move shortly before practice Wednesday, and a day after Enemkpali was released by the Jets. Without excusing what Enemkpali did, Ryan called the player "a good teammate" and says he believes the linebacker can learn from his mistake.

Ryan, who took over the Bills in January, is very familiar with Enemkpali. Ryan was the Jets' coach last season during the player's rookie season.

Enemkpali could face discipline from the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

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Waszak reported from Florham Park, New Jersey.

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AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

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