Jets’ QB suf­fers sprained knee

Jets’ quar­ter­back listed as day-to-day with sprain suf­fered in New York’s 27-23 loss to Dol­phins

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Den­nis Waszak Jr.

NEW YORK >> Ryan Fitz­patrick’s grip on the Jets’ start­ing quar­ter­back job all de­pends on his in­jured knee.

Coach Todd Bowles an­nounced Mon­day that Fitz­patrick is “day to day” with a sprained left knee and that his sta­tus for New York’s game Sun­day against the Los An­ge­les Rams is un­cer­tain.

“We’ll know more as the week pro­gresses,” Bowles said dur­ing a con­fer­ence call. “I’ve got to see him run around a lit­tle bit on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day first.”

Fitz­patrick in­jured his knee dur­ing the third quar­ter of the Jets’ 27-23 loss at Miami on Sun­day. The quar­ter­back left for a se­ries and was re­placed by Bryce Petty, but he re­turned and fin­ished the game while wear­ing a brace on the knee. It was heav­ily wrapped when he spoke to the me­dia af­ter­ward.

While the in­jury is not be­lieved to be se­ri­ous, Bowles says Petty would start Sun­day if Fitz­patrick is not healthy enough.

“If he misses a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time, then Bryce will play,” Bowles said. “I mean, he’d have to prac­tice some on Fri­day, at least, and have a good un­der­stand­ing of the game plan and we’ll make a de­ci­sion go­ing for­ward.”

Petty was a fourth-round pick in last year’s draft out of Bay­lor. He in­jured his right shoul­der in the pre­sea­son fi­nale and was un­avail­able dur­ing the first few weeks of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Petty is now the backup to Fitz­patrick af­ter Geno Smith suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury against Baltimore two weeks ago.

“Yeah, he’ll be ready,” Bowles said of Petty, who was 2 of 2 for 19 yards in his first reg­u­lar-sea­son ac­tion.

Fitz­patrick had been benched in fa­vor of Smith against the Ravens af­ter throw­ing 11 in­ter­cep­tions in the first six games, but he re­gained his start­ing

role when Smith got hurt.

Fitz­patrick’s strug­gles have con­tin­ued, how­ever, in­clud­ing throw­ing two in­ter­cep­tions against the Dol­phins. That has some fans and me­dia clam­or­ing for the Jets to give Petty a chance at start­ing.

“We’re down, not out right now, and I’m not

wor­ried about turn­ing the page,” Bowles said. “I’m wor­ried about who gives us the best chance to win, and right now Fitz gives us the best chance to win — if he’s healthy. If not, then Bryce will get his shot to play.”

Bowles also an­nounced that cor­ner­back Mar­cus Williams has a high an­kle

sprain that could side­line him for mul­ti­ple games.

Williams is tied with Mar­cus Gilchrist for the team lead with two in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son. He led the Jets last sea­son with six in­ter­cep­tions and has played 75 per­cent of the de­fen­sive snaps as a key part of Bowles’ de­fense.

LYNNE SLADKY — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Jets quar­ter­back Ryan Fitz­patrick is checked on the side­lines, dur­ing the sec­ond half of New York’s loss to Dol­phins on Sun­day.

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