An MRI on Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s left thumb confirmed the initial diagnosis that he suffered ligament damage when he went down at the end of a run during Sunday’s loss to the Raiders.
That was the message from coach Todd Bowles, who also said Monday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that Fitzpatrick will need to have surgery “at some point.” For now, though, he’s being considered “day-to-day” as scheduling surgery is a question of pain tolerance and hasn’t been ruled out for Week Nine as a result.
Fitzpatrick isn’t the only injured quarterback for the Jets right now as Geno Smith was forced out of the game for a couple of snaps after hurting his left shoulder and abdomen. Bowles said “there’s a chance” Smith could play this week, but confirmed that the Jets are looking at options to supplement rookie Bryce Petty on the depth chart. They are reportedly not interested in Ryan Mallett, but Bowles mentioned Matt Flynn, who spent time with the Jets in the preseason and is a free agent, as a name on the radar.
“He’s a possibility,” Bowles said. “He’s one of the names that we’ve talked about.”
Bowles also said that the team is waiting to see if wide receiver Brandon Marshall and center Nick Mangold will be healthy enough to face the Jaguars, leaving the Jets with a two-game losing streak and an overload of uncertainty on offense.