UPDATE: Head coach Todd Bowles told reporters after the game that McCown broke his left hand on the play in question. No decision has been made yet about next week’s starter, but Petty would start if McCown was ruled out, Bowles said.
Bryce Petty took over at quarterback for the New York Jets in their game against the Denver Broncos Sunday when starting quarterback Josh McCown left the field with a left hand injury.
It was actually the second time McCown left the game, as Petty took over for him for two plays in the second quarter after he was shaken up at the end of a run.
It was Petty’s first appearance of the 2017 regular season after McCown started all 13 games. The third-year quarterback out of Baylor was the Jets’ only other active back-up, as Christian Hackenberg did not dress for this game.
McCown first stepped out of the game in the second quarter after absorbing an Aqib Talib tackle at the end of an eight-yard run up the middle. Petty completed a pass to fullback Lawrence Thomas for seven, then had a second completion (to tight end Neal Sterling) that was offset by a Jet penalty.
At that point, McCown ran back out onto the field, took back over, heaved a pass deep to the right – and had it intercepted by the Broncos’ Darian Stewart.
But late in the third quarter, McCown was slow to get up after several plays. On a second down pass attempt, Broncos linebacker Shane Ray hit McCown as he threw and appeared to hurt McCown’s left (non-throwing) hand. Team doctors took McCown straight from the field to the locker room.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available. Stay tuned to @NewYorkJetFuel on Twitter for updates.