New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick confirmed against Jaguars

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The New York Jets coach Todd Bowles announced QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars even with at least one thorn ligament in his left thumb.

Fitzpatrick feels “extremely confident” he’ll be ready to play Sunday with the Jets (4-3). The player practiced with a protective glove on his left hand without limitations, and said he will need surgery in the future.

“It’s painful enough to get me out of changing diapers,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s been the one positive.”

The incident happened Sunday, when the quarterback suffered the injury on the sixth play and then backup Geno Smith got a badly bruised left shoulder. Coach Bowles was so worried, he even considered rookie Bryce Petty to start practice reps.

But on Wednesday Fitzpatrick and Smith practiced fully, so it won’t be necessary, everything will stay the same; Fitzpatrick the No. 1, and Smith the No. 2.

Bowles was surprised with Fitzpatrick’s recovery. “He looked fine,” he said. “He did everything.”

Fitzpatrick will be closely monitored, Bowles said.

The player talked to a former Cincinnati Bengals teammate Carson Palmer. Back in 2009 Palmer experienced the same injury and was able to play the whole season, he even made the Pro Bowl and led the Bengals to a division title, after that he needed surgery.

Palmer texted Fitzpatrick, before the Jets-Raiders game ended. “He went through the same thing, and we were able to talk and bounce ideas off each other,” Fitzpatrick said. “He’s been a decent asset.”

Smith admitted he knew he’d remain the backup this week, “you want to play, you want to be out there, you want to have a chance,” said Smith, whose play was uneven in his season debut in Oakland. “But I understand what’s going on, so I’m not really that disappointed.”

Fitzpatrick said, “your left thumb is not really involved in taking a snap. So that was a pleasant surprise.” The player was able to grip the ball in his left hand, and execute handoffs to the right side.

“I don’t want to go out and hurt the team and turn the ball over and try to be a hero if something is compromised,” he said. “I want to help the team. If I can do that without putting the team or me in a compromising position, I will, and I think I’ll be able to do that.”


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