Bryce Petty sustained chest bruise vs. Dolphins; hopeful to play

New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty, who underwent a CT scan Sunday on his injured chest, sustained a bruise but no lung damage, a league source confirmed Monday.

Coach Todd Bowles wasn't available to reporters on Monday, but he confirmed on his weekly radio spot that the CT results were negative. He didn't provide specifics on the injury, but he said he'd have a better idea on Tuesday if Petty can start against the New England Patriots.

The Jets are hopeful that Petty can start Saturday against the Patriots. On-field preparations begin Tuesday.

"We have to see how he feels tomorrow," Bowles said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "He's sore, but he's a lot better than we thought he'd be."

The NFL Network first reported Petty's test results.

Petty absorbed a crushing hit on the first play of the fourth quarter in the Jets' 34-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night. Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh were unblocked and arrived simultaneously at the second-year quarterback, sandwiching him with a front-and-back hit.

Somehow, Petty managed to complete a 28-yard pass to Robby Anderson on the play. He was replaced by former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, who played the remainder of the game. Petty said there was a "pretty sharp, burning pain" in his chest when he tried warm-up tosses on the sideline.

X-rays at the game were negative, but Petty said he needed a CT scan to see if there was a lung puncture.

"I'll be good," he said after the game. "A little sore right now, but I'll be fine."

Petty is 1-2 as a starting quarterback this season, including 1-1 since being named the starter two weeks ago. The Jets intended to start him for the final two games as part of an end-of-season evaluation.

Petty has completed 75 of 130 passes (57.7 percent) for 809 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. His passer rating is 64.6.

As insurance, the Jets may dress three quarterbacks for the game, Bowles said. In 30 games as the coach, he's never activated three quarterbacks on game day. It means rookie Christian Hackenberg -- inactive for 14 games -- could be in uniform for the first time. He'd join Fitzpatrick as the backups, assuming Petty starts.

Bowles said recently that he had no plans to play Hackenberg down the stretch unless there was an injury.

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