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Josh McCown officially out for the season with a broken hand

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NFL: New York Jets at Denver Broncos Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Jets head coach Todd Bowles officially announced on Monday quarterback Josh McCown will miss the rest of the 2017 season due to the broken hand he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. Bowles also indicated McCown will need surgery on the hand.

Bowles got rather emotional speaking about the quarterback,

On what McCown meant to this team…

He meant a lot. His leadership meant a lot – from the time he walked in the door, just always doing the right thing, saying the right things and helping everybody on the team, not just offensively, but defensively, as well. Not to mention the fact that he made some plays out there on the field that have helped us out and lined everybody up, especially the new receivers coming in and having to play right away on short weeks-notice. He got those guys lined up and made everybody effective. We just have to move on from there.

I think it would have been surprising if the Jets had not announced McCown is out for the year. There are only three weeks left in the season, and a broken hand generally takes longer than that to heal. Even if it didn’t, the Jets are right at the point where they are shifting into evaluation mode. It might be coming a week earlier than it would have otherwise, but we are at the point where Bryce Petty playing makes sense.

McCown has started all 13 games for the Jets to this point. He ends 2017 with a 67.3% completion percentage and 18 touchdowns to 9 interceptions.