NEW YORK — New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said Monday he expects quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to return to the field against the Atlanta Falcons after missing four games due to injury.
Bowles said he didn’t think Fitzpatrick would play during the bye week.
Fitzpatrick missed a game in mid-September with a foot injury.
He missed the opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and a third game in the opener versus the New York Giants.
Bowles didn’t specify which team Fitzpatrick would face during the trip.
He said Fitzpatrick didn’t feel great during practice on Monday.
“He has been on this road trip, so it’s possible,” Bowles told reporters.
“He will continue to be out.
But we’ll just see how it goes.
We’ll just wait until he’s able to come back to practice.
We’ve got a couple of weeks to wait.”
Fitzpatrick is 8-5 with a 3.66 average, which ranks as the third-highest average of his career.
He threw for 2,818 yards and 27 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions.
He was tied for the league lead with a league-high 15 rushing touchdowns and tied for second with eight passing touchdowns.
Fitzfield, who missed the past three games with a groin injury, completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2.6 yards per attempt and seven touchdowns against the Falcons.
He completed 28 of 41 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns against them.
Bowle said he hoped to get back to Fitzpatrick and the offense during the visit.
“Obviously, it’s a great opportunity for him to have a good game against one of the best teams in the league,” Bowls said.
“So we’ve got to make sure we do what’s best for Ryan, and I think the first thing we’re going to do is make sure that he has a good week, which he’ll do in a couple weeks.
He’ll be back on the field and hopefully we’ll be able to get a lot out of him.”
Bowles has been a coach in New York for 17 years, and the Jets won five division titles under his watch from 2009-12.