The 38-year-old quarterback suffered a broken left hand in the Jets’ 23-0 loss to the Broncos, Todd Bowles said postgame (via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, on Twitter).
Bryce Petty entered the game for McCown and struggled. McCown finished Week 13 as the AFC offensive player of the week. Mehta adds (via Twitter) Petty and possibly Christian Hackenberg are going to be taking the snaps the rest of the way. Hackenberg remains without an NFL play to his credit. The Jets are not yet sure if this will end McCown’s season, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter), but with the team reasonably out of the playoff picture and younger players in need of looks, it makes sense to shut McCown down.
McCown established a new career high with 18 touchdown passes this season and today tied his career high by making a 13th start. Petty has not started since the end of last season.
Injuries limited McCown last season in Cleveland, but he’s delivered on the Jets’ $6MM investment this year. Jets OC John Morton said he’d like to have McCown back, but the passer said earlier this week he wasn’t certain he would return for what would be a 17th NFL season.
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