Fitzpatrick to start for Jets vs. Patriots

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. Ryan Fitzpatrick knows exactly what Case Keenum is going through. They're both starting quarterbacks who appear to be simply keeping the seat warm for someone else.(AP Photo/David Richard, File)
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the New York Jets' starting quarterback Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Coach Todd Bowles made the announcement after practice Monday, the players' first day back at the facility since last Tuesday following a bye-week break.

Fitzpatrick sat out the Jets' previous game against Los Angeles on Nov. 13 with a sprained left knee. Bryce Petty made his first regular-season NFL start and went 19 of 32 for 163 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the 9-6 loss.

Bowles said last week that he would consider which quarterback would give the Jets (3-7) the best chance of winning against the Patriots (8-2). The coach says the fact Fitzpatrick is healthy again contributed to his decision, adding that he's the starter ''and we're going forward with that.''

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