EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will have surgery on his injured left thumb Friday, but is not expected to miss any games.
Fitzpatrick tore a ligament in the thumb at Oakland on Nov. 1 and played through the injury in two games while wearing a molded brace on his non-throwing hand. Doctors told the quarterback he would eventually need surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and he decided to do it the day after New York's 22-17 loss to Buffalo on Thursday night.
The Jets don't play again until Nov. 22 at Houston, giving Fitzpatrick nine days to recover.
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Fitzpatrick said earlier in the week he was told the longer he waits, surgery could become more complicated because the ligament will start to shrink.
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