Bryce Petty went from really high to really low simultaneously.
The New York Jets backup quarterback threw a beautiful 44-yard bomb to rookie wide receiver Robby Anderson for a touchdown. Unfortunately, Petty got up gingerly and it was obvious while receiving congratulations from an offensive lineman that he was hurt on the play.
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He suffered a shoulder injury and proceeded to head to the locker room with the training staff.
From the beginning it was to be all Petty and rookie quarterback Christian Hackenburg. Head coach Todd Bowles said two days ago that Geno Smith would not play in the Jets’ final preseason game.
Petty is being considered as viable option as the second-string quarterback behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. He had an outstanding second preseason game going 16 -26 for 242 yards and two touchdowns. However, he came back down to earth going 5-10 for 59 yards and an interception in the third preseason game.
Smith on the other hand has not played well, completing a total of 17 passes during the entire preseason.
Throw Hackenburg into the equation and the Jets have a situation where they could carry four quarterbacks in a league where some teams only carry two. They were planning on stashing Petty on injured reserve, according to CBSSports.com, but that would have nothing to do with tonight’s injury. As the Jets reported that Petty was listed as probable to return to the field.