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Report: Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick expects to play Sunday

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick walks slowly,

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick walks slowly, his left knee wrapped in ice, at a postgame news conference Nov. 6, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Photo Credit: AP / Lynne Sladky

Ryan Fitzpatrick is “day-to-day,” according to his coach. But the Jets quarterback apparently thinks he’s healthy enough to play on Sunday. Despite spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee against the Dolphins, Fitzpatrick expects to be under center against the Rams, ESPN reported.

On a Monday conference call, Todd Bowles said he needs to see Fitzpatrick practice before deciding if he or backup Bryce Petty will start. But his preference is to stick with Fitzpatrick.

“We’re 3-6. We’re down, not out,” Bowles said. “Right now, I’m not worried about turning the page. I’m worried about who gives us the best chance to win. Right now, Fitz gives us the best chance to win if he’s healthy.”

Eric Decker agrees.

The wide receiver, who is on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury, said during his weekly ESPN radio spot that it’s not yet Petty time.

“If Bryce Petty was the better quarterback right now, yes, go ahead put him in, play him, develop him and see what he has. But I don’t think that’s the right decision,” Decker said. “That’s why Coach is keeping Ryan in there, and I would think a lot of guys feel the same way as well.”

Fitzpatrick, 33, leads the NFL with 13 interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 67.6.

The 12-year veteran, who threw six picks in Week 3 against the Chiefs, was benched in favor of Geno Smith during the Jets’ loss at Arizona Oct. 17. Bowles named Smith the starter for the following game against the Ravens, but Fitzpatrick reclaimed the job after Smith suffered a torn ligament in his right knee that required season-ending surgery.

Now, a second quarterback injury could force Bowles’ hand. But Decker insisted that turning the page prematurely to the Petty era isn’t the best thing for the locker room.

“You can’t just throw the towel in and say, ‘All right, let’s get ready for next year,’ ” Decker said. “As a competitor, that’s not how you think, that’s not how you operate. So going to work each day with that kind of mentality, why even go to work? You put in the guys that are ready to play, that give you the best chance to win, and you see what happens throughout the rest of the year. ”

Notes & quotes: During recent trade talks with the Cowboys, the Jets asked for a first-round pick in 2017 or 2018 in exchange for defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . . . The Jets announced they had waived WR Myles White from their practice squad. They replaced him with T Zach Sterup, per Sterup’s agent.

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