If Smith's condition worsens, or if he is not given the clearance to play, then Fitzpatrick will most likely return to his starting role.
During New York's 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, quarterback Geno Smith started and eventually was removed in the second quarter.
"It's tough luck for the kid", Bowles said Monday in a conference call with reporters.
They already benched starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for doing things like turning the ball over nine times in two games. Presumably, second-year quarterback Bryce Petty, who has no regular-season experience, will serve as the backup quarterback while rookie Christian Hackenberg will be the No. 3.
Smith notably came under criticism from former Jets' quarterback and National Football League legend Joe Namath for not returning to the game, but the severity of the injury should put to rest any criticism he might have received for sitting out for the second half. Will it be Fitzpatrick again, even though the team has benched him once and listened to him publicly take shots at its management?
"So, that's kind of something I've had to deal with before, something I'm dealing with now".
Fitzpatrick added that he plays better when he's "an underdog" and "pissed off". Fitzpatrick learned of his demotion on Tuesday, the day after Bowles gave him a public vote of confidence following a Monday night loss to the Arizona Cardinals - the Jets' fourth straight defeat. I was having a little bit of trouble with it, so I was a little bit nervous early in the week, but when I went in on Thursday, I felt pretty good and I felt optimistic that I was going to be feeling ready to go. "I have no problem with him venting his frustrations".
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Fitzpatrick, who set a Jets record with 31 TD passes last season, had thrown an NFL-leading 11 interceptions and just five touchdowns in the first six games this season.
"I doesn't take away from the victory", Bowles said. "As a player I was pissed off at my coaches sometimes, that's just part of being an athlete".
"I got into the huddle and we nearly all had to laugh at the situation and just the irony of it", Fitzpatrick said.
"I was trying to get away from a sack", Smith said after Sunday's game.
Williams missed most of last season when he underwent neck surgery following an injury that threatened his career.
"I was definitely disappointed to see Geno come in and play well, but then get injured", wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. You may recall a year ago that when Chris Ivory was struggling, he finally broke out in a game where they got him going on a few short passes.
"I'm not a medical guy", Bowles said.