Todd Bowles opted to start Josh McCown in the Jets’ fourth preseason game Thursday at MetLife Stadium.
Naturally, that decision backfired.
On the second series of the night, McCown — who was named the starter on Monday — took a big hit to the ribs from backup Eagles linebacker Joe Walker. McCown completed a pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the play, but he stayed down on the turf after sustaining the crushing blow.
McCown tried to jog off the field. As he approached the Jets sideline, he dropped down to a knee. Trainers tended to him for several minutes.
Christian Hackenberg replaced McCown for one play, a handoff that resulted in a holding penalty. McCown then returned to the game and nearly threw a pick-six. Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins jumped the route and should have secured an interception, but he dropped the ball.
The drive ended with a 28-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro.