Florham Park, NJ - The New York Jets lost Bryce Petty for the rest of the season on Tuesday. The team placed the second-year quarterback on the season-ending injured reserve with a torn labrum. Linebacker Corey Lemonier was added to the roster in his place.
Petty made his first career appearance during Week Nine against the Dolphins. He went 2-for-2 with 19 yards in relief for an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. The next game, the Baylor product made his first career start. He finished the afternoon 19-of-32 for 163 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Fitzpatrick replaced Petty during the BYE week and took over against the Patriots. Petty finished off the second half against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13. He ended up throwing for 135 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. After the loss, head coach Todd Bowles said Petty would start the final four games of the season.
Entering the matchup against New England in Week 16, Petty threw for 809 yards, three touchdowns, and six interceptions. Petty suffered the injury when he tackled Malcom Butler after Khiry Robinson fumbled a carry in the backfield.
Petty was drafted out of the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. These last four games were meant to evaluate Petty for next season. The Jets could possibly turn back to Fitzpatrick for his last game as a Jet. They can also go the route of throwing Christian Hackenberg into the fire. Hackenberg was drafted in the second round of this offseason's draft.
Gio Anatelli is a staffwriter for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com.