NFL notebook: Jets say QB Fitzpatrick will start against Jags
It is a thumbs-up on Ryan Fitzpatrick starting Sunday for the Jets.
Coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that Fitzpatrick was a full participant at practice despite dealing with a torn ligament in his left thumb. While there remains some concern about Fitzpatrick's thumb, he will be under center against the Jaguars.
“No limitations,” Fitzpatrick said. “Really, just kind of a trial run to see how it was going to feel and what the best way to do (things) going forward would be in terms of using it or not using it and all that. (Wednesday) was a pretty positive day in that regard.”
The right-handed Fitzpatrick wore what he called “a special glove” over his left hand after tearing at least one ligament in his thumb that will require surgery at some point. He was hurt on the first drive against Oakland this past Sunday.
“Well, it's painful enough to get me out of changing diapers,” said the father of five. “That's been the one positive.”
Fitzpatrick “probably” will wear the glove during the game against the Jaguars and added he's “extremely confident” he'll be able to play through the injury the rest of the season.
“I don't want to put the team in a position where I'm going to go out and hurt the team or turn the ball over or try to be a hero because something is compromised,” Fitzpatrick said.
Bowles acknowledged there still are concerns about Fitzpatrick's thumb, which was heavily bandaged with ice after practice.
Geno Smith replaced Fitzpatrick but bruised his left (non-throwing) shoulder and had to leave the game briefly after a hard shot to his abdomen.
Smith, a former WVU star, also was a full participant at practice and will be the backup.
Cowboys' Romo practices
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo participated in individual throwing drills.
It is Romo's first appearance on the practice field since breaking his clavicle in Week 2 against the Eagles. He must remain out until team's Week 12 game against the Dolphins.
Colts stars banged up
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is dealing with a sore ankle and was limited in practice.
His star receiver, T.Y. Hilton, is listed as day-to-day as he deals with an ankle issue.
Bradford refutes report
It was reported that Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford turned down a four-year contract extension from the team. Several media outlets reported the extension was worth about $18 million a season.
But Bradford refuted that report, saying that contract offer had to have been “lost in the mail,” because he never got it.
Bradford's thrown more picks (10) than touchdowns (nine) and has a passer rating of 76.4.
Mariota ready to return
The Titans are preparing for quarterback Marcus Mariota to play Sunday against the Saints.
Mariota, who missed the past two games because of a knee issue, was expected to be available this week for Tennessee.
Bills QB set to play
The Bills got good news as quarterback Tyrod Taylor's knee has healed enough to allow him to return Sunday. Coach Rex Ryan said Taylor has experienced no setbacks this week.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was limited because of calf and ankle injuries suffered two weeks ago.
Around the league
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (knee) and running back and former Pitt star Dion Lewis (abdomen) were limited in practice ... Former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, released a day earlier, went unclaimed on waivers. ... Bud Light signed a multi-year renewal of its NFL sponsorship through the 2022 Super Bowl. ... Rams backup running back Trey Watts was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. ... The Lions placed linebacker DeAndre Levy on injured reserve after he was limited to one game this season because of hip trouble.