How long could Jets’ Bryce Petty (torn shoulder labrum) be sidelined?
Now that the Jets have placed second-year quarterback Bryce Petty on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, the question becomes: How long will he be sidelined?
It was a fortunate turn of events for Petty that he injured his non-throwing shoulder while making a tackle (after a lost fumble) in Saturday’s 41-3 loss at the Patriots. But he is still facing surgery, and a fairly long rehabilitation process.
David Chao, an orthopedist and former NFL team doctor, weighed in on Petty’s situation Monday, shortly after the Jets put him on IR:
Torn labrum usually means surgery.
Non-throwing shoulder, thus good recovery in 4-6 months.#[email protected] https://t.co/opBF19ib1a
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) December 26, 2016
A four-month recovery window would mean late April. A six-month recovery window would mean late June. So Petty’s availability for spring practices — including organized team activities and mid-June minicamp — is in question.
We’ll see how Petty progresses as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but Saturday’s injury was a rough break for him, especially considering the timing.
The Jets almost certainly will acquire a veteran quarterback this offseason and put him in their quarterback room with Petty and current rookie Christian Hackenberg.