After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."
Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.
"We'll see what happens, but if I can finish, I'd love to finish," an emotional McCown said at his postgame press conference, according to the Associated Press. "We'll see what the tests (Monday) say.
McCown, 38, started each game this year for the Jets, including on Sunday. He briefly left the game in the first half after scrambling for a first down but returned after sitting out two plays.
In the third quarter, though, McCown left the game for good, heading to the locker room to undergo X-rays. He went 6-for-12 with 46 passing yards, an interception and a lost fumble before paving way for Petty, who completed just two of nine passes for 14 yards.
"Injuries are a part of this game that you never want," Petty said, according to Hughes. "For as tough of a competitor as [McCown] is, as good of a person on and off the field, it's tough. He pours his heart and soul into the guys and coming out and being prepared and playing. You see it in his emotion."
The 26-year-old Petty, whom the Jets drafted in the fourth round out of Baylor in 2015, appeared in six games last season, going 75-for-133 for 809 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Jets went 1-3 in Petty's four starts last year.
"You never want to see him hurt," Petty said, according to Hughes. "We have to pick up the slack in the room. It's a big opportunity for us, but, at the same time, you want to replace him and make him proud."