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Ryan Fitzpatrick won't play against Eagles

The Jets will not play Ryan Fitzpatrick in the team's final preseason game

FLORHAM PARK: Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had arguably his best preseason performance a week ago against the New York Giants. 

That will also be his final preseason performance of the year. 

When New York takes the field for its exhibition finale against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Fitzpatrick will be given the night off. The Jets starting quarterback will next see the field in the regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns. 

"No, (Fitz) is not going to play," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "I'm leaning towards playing some (starters), just because we're down quite a few people. We're going to see who's the healthiest and try to at least have them available if something happens to some of the guys on the field." 

With Fitzpatrick out, New York is expected to play veterans Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson quite a bit. Fitzpatrick and rookie Bryce Petty are locks to make the roster, but the Jets brought those two in to provide a veteran presence until Geno Smith returns. While Flynn was signed a few weeks ago, Johnson was just brought in on Thursday. 

Due to the fact Petty as seen the vast majority of snaps in each of the Jets first three preseason games, Bowles said he isn't sure how much he'll play against Philadelphia. What the first-year coach really wants is to evaluate the play of both Johnson and Flynn. 

"I'm working on (who's going to start) now," Bowles said. "I want to see the other two guys play, too. As much as (Petty) needs playing time, I need to see those other two guys play, too." 

While Flynn signed with the Jets on Aug. 19, he has yet to appear in a preseason game, or receive many reps in team drills. The former Green Bay Packer has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury originally suffered during the offseason. 

Flynn has progressed each week he's been with the Jets, and Bowles said he's hoping he can finally see the field Thursday night. 

"He's a lot closer than what he was last week," Bowles said. "I'm hopeful that he's (healthy enough to play). If he stays healthy this week and has a good week of practice these next two days, then yes, he'll play." 


Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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