FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - On the flight back from the West Coast, Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey could think of only one thing: How could he get rookie quarterback Bryce Petty ready to play?
But only four days later, the Jets are right back where they started -- with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center despite torn ligaments in his left thumb.
"It's always next man up . . . but it was tough to see him go down knowing that he makes this thing go," running back Chris Ivory said. "He makes a lot of great calls."
Right guard Willie Colon said there "definitely" was a sense of relief seeing Fitzpatrick back on the field this week. "He's done a hell of a job since he's been our QB. We have a lot of faith in him and we just want to see him out there leading the charge," Colon said.
Gailey said Fitzpatrick's mechanics "almost look the same" and that he has no issues handing off the football.
Fitzpatrick sustained the injury on a 12-yard scramble minutes into the first quarter of the Jets' 34-20 loss in Oakland. Asked if he thinks he will conclude his scrambles by sliding from now on, Gailey joked: "I'll believe it when I see it. [A] broken leg didn't do it. I don't know if a hurt thumb will."