Bryce Petty will start at quarterback for Jets vs. Rams

Bryce Petty will get his first career NFL start at quarterback Sunday for the New York Jets.

The Jets announced Sunday morning that Petty will start -- something Jets players believed earlier this week based on how starter Ryan Fitzpatrick looked in practice, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Fitzpatrick, who has been nursing a knee injury, is officially active and will serve as Petty's backup.

Petty, a 2015 fourth-round pick, scrambled to keep a roster spot this preseason with the team already planning to keep three other quarterbacks.

Fitzpatrick has been dealing with a knee sprain suffered last week in a loss to the Dolphins. He was listed as questionable on Friday and participated on a limited basis in practice all week.

Bowles said earlier this week that he did not have a quarterback controversy, though Fitzpatrick's knee issue could provide him a prime opportunity to see the 25-year-old quarterback in action against a talented Rams defense.

Bowles previously said this season that he would not bench Fitzpatrick before handing the baton to Geno Smith.

With Petty starting, his performance could go a long way toward deciding how the Jets will look at quarterback next season. At the moment, many expect the team to roll with Petty and second-round pick Christian Hackenberg in 2017.

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