Florham Park N.J. - Bryce Petty supporters can breathe slightly easier today as head coach Todd Bowles announced his third-string quarterback has a bruised right shoulder with no structural damage. Petty was hit hard in the pocket after throwing a 44-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson in the first quarter of the final preseason game in Philadelphia on Thursday.
"We're still waiting to see the recovery time," said Bowles. We're just going to assess him this week and see how it goes with treatment."
This raises plenty of questions for New York who have many roster decisions to make come Saturday at 4 pm. The Jets - like the rest of the league - must get down to the 53-man roster count by that deadline. Among the players on the roster bubble is quarterback Bryce Petty. The Baylor product had an impressive preseason completing 32-of-56 for 481 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Petty seemed to have been playing for his job this summer when the Jets drafted Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round as an option for the future. Both young quarterbacks showed signs of improvement since the start of training camp, but are still far from potential starting roles.
The shoulder bruise further ignites the possibility of placing Petty on the injured reserve list. By doing so, the Jets would be freeing up a roster spot that could be used for another position that may need some depth during the season like wide receiver or on the offensive line. If Petty was a candidate for the IR, it would allow the Jets to keep three quarterbacks - Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, and Christian Hackenberg - on the active roster while not risking the possibility of Petty being signed by another team in need of a quarterback. But, Bowles immediately shut down that notion in a conference call on Friday by simply saying: "No."
Either way, Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan have a long night ahead of them. The two will continue to review film on their roster bubble players and will meet together to decide who will be cut off the active roster.
"It's harder every year," said Bowles. "The more you get to know them and the better your team becomes, the harder the cuts come because you know you're going to be cutting some good football players one way or the other. It's never easy to cut anybody, but it's part of the process and part of the business."
Joe Barone is a staff writer at JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (email@example.com)