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Jets bench Fitzpatrick, give Smith another shot

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Fitz Magic fizzled, so it's Geno Smith's turn — again.

The Jets will start Smith at quarterback on Sunday against the Ravens at MetLife Stadium, sending Ryan Fitzpatrick and his one-year, $12 million contract to the sideline.

"I felt like it was time for a change," coach Todd Bowles said after practice Wednesday.

At the NFL fall meetings in Houston, Jets owner Woody Johnson said it was Bowles' call to go with Smith, with the Jets sinking at 1-5 and on a four-game losing streak.

"I am behind the coach 100 percent," Johnson said. "Our coach made the decision he felt needed to be made."

Bowles confirmed that it was "strictly my call."

Fitzpatrick has been a major reason for the Jets' struggles, throwing an NFL-most 11 interceptions and just five touchdowns.

RAIDERS MOVE: Raiders owner Mark Davis informed fellow owners that he plans in January to file papers to move his team from Oakland to Las Vegas, ESPN reported.

CONCUSSION PROTOCOL: The NFL will require the athletic trainer in the press box to stay in contact with on-field doctors to help determine if a player has a concussion. The requirement is an enhancement made to prevent confusion that occurred in the season opener, when Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was allowed to return after getting hit in the head.

BENGALS BACK LB: The Bengals defended linebacker Vontaze Burfict for his actions during Sunday's loss to the Patriots, which drew a $75,000 fine from the league. Burfict was fined for stepping on running back LeGarrette Blount after he scored a touchdown near the end of the game. "I don't think he did anything wrong," coach Marvin Lewis said. "We were not in the wrong here, in my opinion."

BILLS: Running back LeSean McCoy did not finish practice after feeling tightness in one of his hamstrings.

CHIEFS: Linebacker Justin Houston returned to practice for the first time since having surgery in February to repair a poorly functioning ACL in his left knee.

COWBOYS: Receiver Dez Bryant missed practice after he cut a finger on his right hand while slicing carrots while making soup at home.

DOLPHINS: Veteran safety Reshad Jones, the team's top defensive playmaker, will be placed on injured reserve because of a rotator cuff injury.

GIANTS: Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. missed practice with a hip pointer and is day to day.

RAVENS: Quarterback Joe Flacco sat out practice with a sore throwing shoulder but said "it's nothing to worry about."

Jets bench Fitzpatrick, give Smith another shot 10/19/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:00pm]
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