For now, Bryce Petty isn’t injured reserve-bound.
An MRI Friday morning revealed that the Jets’ third-string quarterback suffered “just a bruised shoulder” in Thursday night’s loss to the Eagles in the preseason finale, coach Todd Bowles announced via conference call.
Bowles said Petty didn’t suffer any structural damage in his right (throwing) shoulder, nor did he suffer a dislocation. As a result, the second-year quarterback won’t be going on IR before the Jets make their 53-man roster cuts by Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
“No, it’s too early to tell,” Bowles said. “We’re still waiting to see the recovery time. And we’re just going to assess him this week and see how it goes with treatment.”
Petty was leveled by defensive end Bryan Braman on his 44-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, which put the Jets ahead 6-0 in the first quarter. The crushing blow knocked Petty out of the game.
X-rays performed at Lincoln Financial Field were negative, but more tests were needed to determine the severity of his injury.
With four quarterbacks on the roster, some wondered if the Jets would place Petty on IR as a way of stashing him in the organization without having to sacrifice a regular-season roster spot. But for now, at least, he isn’t a candidate for IR.
Bowles said the Jets still have to decide whether they’ll keep Petty, along with starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and rookie Christian Hackenberg — though his comments about needing to “assess” Petty’s recovery this week seem to indicate that he will be on the team in some capacity.
Members of the front office met at 5 p.m. Friday to discuss roster cuts, and “we’ll probably be here all night,” Bowles said.
When Bowles opted not to play Smith against the Eagles, it appeared as if he had locked up the No. 2 job. On Friday, the coach put to rest the issue of Smith’s roster status, at least for the time being. Asked if the fourth-year quarterback has solidified his role as the No. 2 quarterback, he said matter-of-factly: “Yeah, that’d be fair to say.”
Roster decisions will be difficult for the Jets, who have plenty of competition and depth. “There’s wide receiver, defensive line, defensive backs. Tight end,” Bowles said. “There’s still a bunch of positions up in the air that we’ve got to meet on and go over. So there’s going to be some tough cuts.”
Members of the personnel department are working the phones at this time of year, too. With injuries piling up around the league and roster spots still to be filled, there’s “a lot” of trade talks occurring at 1 Jets Drive, Bowles said.
“People are calling, doing their due diligence. We’re calling, doing our DD,” he said, though he added: “It’s just chatter at this point.”