FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Fitz Magic fizzled, so it’s Geno Smith’s turn — again.
The New York Jets will start Smith at quarterback Sunday against Baltimore 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.
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. Bowles confirmed that it was “strictly my call.”
“I am behind the coach 100 percent,” Johnson said. “Our coach made the decision he felt needed to be made.”
Fitzpatrick has been a major reason for the Jets’ struggles, throwing an NFL-leading 11 interceptions and just five touchdown passes during a brutal start.
McCoy leaves practice with tight hamstring
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills running back LeSean McCoy did not finish practice Wednesday after experiencing tightness in one of his hamstrings.
Coach Rex Ryan said he didn’t know the severity of the injury, adding that the team’s top offensive threat was still being evaluated by trainers. Ryan also wouldn’t speculate on McCoy’s playing status for Sunday, when Buffalo (4-2) travels to play at AFC East rival Miami (2-4).
Redskins’ Reed says
he hid concussion
ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said he knew he had suffered a concussion during a recent game and didn’t tell anyone.
Reed missed the Redskins’ most recent game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was limited in practice Wednesday and was wearing a yellow noncontact jersey.
He suffered a concussion on a hit to the back of the head in the third quarter of a game at Baltimore on Oct. 9 and didn’t leave the field.
Reed reported symptoms — nausea, irritability and “a pretty bad headache” — to the team on Oct. 11.
Chiefs make flurry
of roster changes
Kansas City’s trade of running back Knile Davis to the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday for a conditional late-round draft pick started a wave of roster transactions for the Chiefs. They also placed defensive end Allen Bailey and linebacker Justin March on injured reserve and waived defensive lineman Nick Williams.
As a result, four newcomers were on the 53-man roster for practice Wednesday.
Defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches and linebacker Ramik Wilson were drafted by Kansas City, and cornerback Terrance Mitchell has been with them on the practice squad. The Chiefs also signed defensive end Kendall Reyes, who has been with the Chargers and Redskins the past few years.
• Steelers president Art Rooney II said Wednesday the “best case” for Ben Roethlisberger’s return to the lineup is two to three weeks, but his injured quarterback could possibly be out for up to six weeks.
That is the first timetable that has been issued by anyone connected with the Steelers, including Roethlisberger, who had outpatient surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus.
• New York Jets rookie linebacker Darron Lee has a sprained ankle, and the first-round draft pick’s availability against the Baltimore Ravens is uncertain.
• Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who missed the past three games with a hairline fracture in his right knee, had his much anticipated return to practice Wednesday aborted because of a cut finger on his right hand. Per Bryant, he injured himself slicing carrots.