Jets place McCown on IR, officially end QB's season

From FOX Sports - December 12, 2017

NEW YORK (AP)Josh McCown is officially done for the seasonand maybe for his career.

The New York Jets placed the 38-year-old quarterback on injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after he broke his left hand in a 23-0 loss at Denver.

Coach Todd Bowles announced Monday that McCown will need season-ending surgery, so the move was just a formality.

The Jets promoted running back Akeem Judd from the practice squad to replace McCown on the active roster. They also signed running back Jahad Thomas and quarterback Joel Stave to the practice squad. Offensive lineman Geoff Gray terminated his practice squad contract to sign elsewhere.

McCowns non-throwing hand was injured in the third quarter against the Broncos . He was emotional after the game, fighting back tears as he talked about having the best season of his 15-year career. McCown set individual highs with 2,926 yards passing and 18 touchdown throws, and quickly established himself as a respected leader in the Jets locker room.

Its been the best because of the guys, not numbers, McCown said Sunday. Its been the best because of the group of men in the locker room. Im just proud to be a part of it and Im so thankful they let me be a part of this team.

McCown, who signed a one-year, $6 million deal last March, is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. Its uncertain whether the Jets will bring him backor if McCown will even want to play again.

During an appearance on the NFL Networks Good Morning Football on Tuesday, running back Matt Forte said he spoke to McCown in the locker room after the game about the injury.


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