Rookie quarterback Greg McElroy didn’t seem to be in great pain, even though the inflated cast encasing his injured right thumb surely indicated the opposite.
“It’s football, it happens,” McElroy said, although he added, “I’m anxious to find out what the answers are tomorrow.”
Tomorrow is now today and McElroy not only got his answers but also got a medical procedure. A team spokesman said he underwent surgery this morning on his thumb, which was dislocated when he banged it against a Philadelphia player’s helmet on his follow-through after a second-quarter pass.
McElroy will be out indefinitely, but the spokesman said the Jets have no plans at this time to place him on injured reserve.
The injury was one of the negative developments of a very positive preseason for the heady kid who wore Joe Namath’s No. 12 jersey when he played at Alabama. One other small negative is that he won’t end up as the top-rated passer in this year’s well-populated rookie quarterback class.
McElroy came into this week’s final preseason games with a 90.6 passer rating, tops among the 13 rookie QBs. But his 3-for-6, 29-yard showing before injuring that thumb dropped his rating to 87.9. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s Jake Locker had a 15-for-17, 132-yard, one-TD showing at New Orleans on Thursday to raise his number from 67.7 to 88.5.
So with only Oakland at Seattle (and Seahawks rookie Josh Portis) tonight to be played, McElroy would appear poised to claim the No. 2 summer passer rating among the 15 rookies with at least 10 attempts.
That and a dislocated thumb won’t do much for a nascent pro career. But at least McElroy has the prospect of getting back soon and helping the Jets as they prepare to set out on the 2011 season.
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