NEW YORK — The New York Jets are exploring veteran options to back up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
With expected starter Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw, the Jets brought Matt Flynn in for a physical Friday, but did not work him out. The 30-year-old Flynn, who was dealing with a hamstring issue, was released by New England earlier this week.
A signing of Flynn was not immediately imminent by the Jets, who have only rookies Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps on the roster to back up Fitzpatrick.
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Flynn has also been with Green Bay (twice), Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo. He threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns — both Packers records — in Green Bay’s 45-41 victory over Detroit on Jan. 1, 2012.
Fitzpatrick was thrust into the starting role when Smith’s jaw was broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the Jets’ locker room Tuesday. Smith had surgery to insert plates and screws in his jaw, which is not wired shut, and he is expected to miss 6-10 weeks.
Enemkpali was claimed off waivers by Buffalo and Rex Ryan, the linebacker’s coach last season with the Jets.
Fitzpatrick played just one series in the Jets’ preseason-opening 23-3 loss to the Lions on Thursday night, going 2 of 3 for 16 yards. Petty, a fourth-round pick out of Baylor, went 10 of 18 for only 50 yards and did not complete a pass for more than 8 yards.
NOTES: The Jets return to the practice field Saturday after a day off Friday. … TE Jace Amaro was scheduled to have an MRI exam after injuring a shoulder against the Lions. LB Erin Henderson was also expected to have an MRI on his sprained left knee.