Bryce Petty,Chris Long
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) scrambles from New England Patriots defensive end Chris Long (95) during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ryan Fitzpatrick is back in at quarterback for the Jets.
In the second quarter of Saturday's game against the Patriots, starter Bryce Petty suffered a left shoulder injury making a tackle. He slowly walked off the field, and was escorted back to the locker room shortly there after.
Petty hadn't completed any of his three passing attempts before the injury. He was sacked twice and threw an interception. The Jets ruled him out for the remainder of the game.
The Jets were trailing 13-0 when Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback.
This is the second week in a row Petty exited a game early. Last week against the Dolphins, he took an ugly shot to the chest when defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake came unblocked. While the team originally feared the injury to be serious, further testing revealed it was nothing more than a bruised chest.
Petty practiced all week and was not listed on the team's injury report. Head coach Todd Bowles said he was 100 percent.
"He's healthy," Bowles said. "He has been given a full bill of health. He's not sore. If he gets hit, it'll be a new injury or a re-injury of the old one. (He's) no different than anybody else. He's healthy enough to play.
"If he's playing and starting, I consider him 100 percent."
This has been quite the season for Fitzpatrick, who has been benched, only to reclaim his starting position due to injury, twice.
The Jets turned the offense over to Geno Smith in Week 7, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Bryce Petty was named the starter in Week 11, but Fitzpatrick finished out the ensuing week's game against the Dolphins, and now is in the lineup against the Patriots.
On his first drive versus New England, Fitzpatrick drove the Jets into field goal range. Nick Folk missed the 34-yard field goal. He threw an interception on his second drive.
After setting the Jets' single-season franchise record for passing touchdowns in 2015 (31), Fitzpatrick has completed just 56.8 percent of his passes this season. He has thrown for 2,364 yards with 10 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 12 games.