Bowles Notes: Petty has bruised shoulder; roster cuts still to come

Head coach Todd Bowles said in Friday’s conference call that quarterback Bryce Petty sustained a bruised shoulder with no structural damage in the New York Jets’ final preseason game Thursday.

Petty was injured on a touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, which was the Jets’ lone score of Thursday night’s 14-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

A bruised shoulder is a much better prognosis than a dislocated one, of course, but we can’t yet rule out that the Jets may choose to “solve” their four-QB quandary by placing Petty on injured reserve. The Jets did not make any roster cuts Friday and have till Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to reduce their roster from 75 to 53 men. Bowles and the staff reportedly will be discussing the final details tonight:

Finally, Bowles did admit there is trade “chatter” going on between his staff and other teams. This was seemingly to address the notion that the Minnesota Vikings, in particular, might be looking to add a quarterback and calling the Jets and other teams around the league now that Teddy Bridgewater is injured and out for the year.

Don’t completely rule out this route yet. If the front office likes what they could receive in a trade for Geno Smith and they believe Petty can be healthy in a few weeks, they would at least consider the option.

In the meantime, the next 24 hours will tell quite a lot about what the Jets’ season—and perhaps their future—will look like.

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