The NFL is set to suspend
The report also claims that the league will announce its action Friday.
Enemkpali, who will not be paid during his absence, was immediately released after the locker room incident and claimed by Buffalo a day later. He played in three preseason games before being cut, but has since been signed to its practice squad.
Enemkpali is appealing the suspension, which could be as many as six games. Smith is not facing a suspension for his role in the incident.
While Smith will miss the start of the season due to the injury, he has returned to practice. Enemkpali did not make the Bills' 53-man roster, but he was signed to the practice squad earlier this week.
Reading off a prepared statement and taking no questions, Enemkpali expressed remorse for the punch, which broke Smith's jaw and sidelined the quarterback for 6-10 weeks.
"I apologize ... It should have never happened," he said. "I should have walked away from the situation."
The 24-year-old Enemkpali is reunited with coach Rex Ryan, who was with the Jets when they selected the 6-foot-1, 261-pound linebacker in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
"Nothing justifies hitting somebody. I recognize it was a mistake, but I also believe he will learn from this," Ryan said. "We had IK last year. A lot of us were around IK. He was a good teammate. It's as simple as that.
"This isn't a bad guy. I know firsthand being around him for a year, I feel confident he will be just fine. This guy wouldn't be here if we didn't think he'd be successful on the field, in the locker room and in the community.
"We think this young man can have a chance to compete for a job, make us a better football team."
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