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McElroy: Thumb Surgery but Won’t Go on IR Now

Posted by Randy Lange on September 2, 2011 – 4:28 pm

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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22 Responses to “McElroy: Thumb Surgery but Won’t Go on IR Now”

  1. By Jimmer on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    This kid is truly a keeper. Who knows, he might be trade bait next year if he keeps defenses offguard. He looks way better than any 7th rd pick here in a very long time. We take QB’s every other year(or so it seems) for this exact reason, sometimes you get a good one in late rounds. He got no arm, or size. And he’s not a runner. With a good OL, this kid can be good. He has a certain Pennington about him. I think he was on his way to #2 before this injury. Brunell might be experienced, but this kid will still be playing 5yrs from now.

  2. By Hans on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    Jimmer, if he turns into a threat, why the deuce would you want to trade him?

  3. By scjoe on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    I doubt he will be put on IR. But if he is I like Ira’s idea of bringing back Ratliff who is available. He knows the system and that is a huge head start. Given the amount of injuries we have already seen and the amount that I think will come, grabbing Ratliff may be a no brainer. That said, I think Willey looked pretty good as well against the Philly scrubs, so one or the other will probably be here when it is all said and done. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind seeing both and saying goodbye to Brunell. I think he is one big hit away from retirement anyway.

  4. By scjoe on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, as far as teams taking advantage of Maybin coming off the edge… I don’t think that will be the case because he probably will not be an every down LB at first, he will probably be brought in on passing downs only until he gets the complete defense down pat. As for Westerman? I am not even sure he is practice squad eligible given his tenure. If that is the case he is NE bound to join all the rest. My opinion is, incorporate the practice squad to the roster, this game has way to many injuries not to do so.

  5. By walt on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    I think when you rate the jets performance in the eagles game you have to take into consideration that they missed two practices because of the hurricane and had only two days between the giants and eagles game.I agree with Ryan we could have the best defence but the offence is deplorable.I think that Bilal should be waived.He has not shown anything put him on the PS if you must.

  6. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    Ridiculous that anyone thought we’d be in the market for a new QB as long as Brunell is healthy. The best Brunell or Kerry Collins or anyone like that can do is step in for a game or 2, the Jets aren’t quite the powerhouse the Pats were when Cassel took over for Brady and besides, Cassel was a YOUNG QB like McElroy, not some 40ish has-been. It makes absolutely no difference how long it takes McElroy to rehab this yr so why banish him from Florham Park for even a day? His shot is about 2 yrs from now if Sanchez doesn’t step up and everybody on this site and in the Jets org knows that, as does he. I hear that S McKnight, the only draft pick I wasn’t crazy about (a slow slot guy after picking Kerley?), is getting cut, which is fine with me.

  7. By Maureen on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    I love this kid..Why? Because Broadway Joe says McElroy is determined,aggressive, and has great QB skills…He has to been given an opportunity to develop & grow as a pro…

  8. By fred on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    Thats just to bad for the kid & the Jets he shows a lot of leadership out there. Randy, have they done away with the playbooks given out at the stadium?

  9. By Randy Lange on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry, fred, but it’s true that we are not producing playbooks for this season’s games.

  10. By Jet Blast on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    Comment by Cimini (ESPN), “The other day, I was talking to another Alabama alum of note, Joe Namath, and he raved about McElroy. This is what Broadway Joe had to say about McElroy, who reminds him of his good buddy Richard Todd (ex-Jets QB from ‘Bama who also wore No. 14) whenever he sees the rookie:

    “He’s smart. He’s gifted more so than a lot of us were, with his mind — his brain. He probably knows that entire Jets offense right now … I think Greg has a bright future ahead of him. I’d like to see him get more arm strength and he will. He’s going to turn into a bigger, stronger guy, but he’s a good football player”.

    Stay tuned on this kid…Knowing him, he didn’t turn Pro to be a career backup…

  11. By GaryC on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    looking at the early cuts,there are two guys who might help the offensive line.Pat McQuiston who was cut by titans,also played for cowboys and Kris o’dowd who jet fan tom knows from his days at USC was also cut.

  12. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    I would go for either of those OL guys GaryC. scjoe, I’m not sure how much Ratliff knows the system, that was a couple of yrs ago and between Sanchez, our problems scoring, and now Moore, the system has to have a few changes. I think if the Jets put McElroy on PUP or IR, put Willy on the practice squad, and looked to add a 3rd QB, it would be somebody they wouldn’t care about losing only a month or two later, like Bulger — though if it was actually him they might be better off keeping him and losing Brunell, a move I’m sure some on this site would approve of. That’s kinda what they had in mind last summer when they thought of keeping Coles around till Holmes could play.

  13. By GaryC on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    Broadway Joe, you are older than I, Richard Todd reminds you of Mcelroy, what about Bart Starr, another fellow alumnus of Alabama,At least Starr had the success that Todd never accomplished.

  14. By Karan on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    Just saw the updated 53 man roster, our defense looks great, i absolutely love the depth on D. The only thing that really hurts is that the Jets traded Dwight Lowery, i really wish we could have kept him, really good solid player who knew our system and were emerging last season, definitely one of my favorite players that was so underrated. So that is both Coleman and Lowery to the Jaguars, really wish we could have kept one, should have traded Donald Strickland, or released Trufant to keep Lowery. But the show must go on, with the exception of Lowery being gone, I have no complaints about the D.

  15. By GaryC on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    so another jet draft pick bites the dust,lowery.I would of kept satele over westermann,Logan Payne,are you kidding me.jets better get another receiver off the waiver wire.I guess trufant made the team so he can match up against kerley,two 5’9 guys going at it.

  16. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    We trade Lowery for a pick to keep Trufant on the roster? I think that means we’re going after Meriweather, who was cut rather than waived so we might be talking to him right now. As for these OL fears, we end up cutting a bunch of experiments (Kroul, Felix) for a guy (Caleb S, I’m not spelling out that last name) who’s probably someone who could start somewhere, you don’t last 4 yrs as a OL back-up on the Pack without skills. I’m okay with going with 4 WRs to start the season, the fact is even if we didn’t have Plax a combo of Holmes and Mason in on every snap is pretty scary, and then you can work in Kerley for a few passes. No more wasted downs with Brad Smith at WR or waiting for Turner to show a lot, and S McKnight was a weird pick.

  17. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, agree with you on Starr/McElroy. Let’s review on Lowery: He was picked to start at CB but had to be replaced by a pulled-out-of-retirement Ty Law halfway through his rookie yr. Then he was kind of in no man’s land for a yr, then last yr started to show promise at nickel and looked like he could play S. Adds up to a guy you’re not really high on after 3 yrs but who might command a draft pick, which he did and which offsets the loss of one on the much more important pickup of Caleb S. As for Trufant, who just got here again, I doubt we’re high on him, I think he’s just here till we add Meriweather or someone else like a backup C or even a WR, as you say, until Payne, who Cimini basically calls the most improved Jet this yr, is back.

  18. By Karan on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    I doubt it that we’ll be going after meriweather as rex said we are loaded in the secondary. Still, it always great to have enough depth, lowery would have been good as is, but he wasn’t going to get nickel, i felt like he outplayed kyle wilson, it would still be great to get meriweather.

  19. By Karan on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    ‘m actually glad the jets kept Logan Payne, I feel like he deserves a chance, just hope he recovers soon.

  20. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    Karan, Rex is dreaming if he thinks we’re loaded at S. Leonhard’s coming off a huge injury and can’t cover anyone over 5’10”. Smith is still a work-in-progress, having never started at the position. Pool was basically a disappointment last yr and Cook, while promising, is basically a 1st-yr guy and hasn’t played much other than on ST. By what remotely sane estimation does this constitute “loaded”? If we don’t sign someone like Meriweather, look for our #1 pick next yr to be a S. I wish those 4 guys luck but I don’t think they’re nearly all we need at that position, which has been a weak spot for us now for yrs.

  21. By GaryC on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom,smith was a safety all his years at michigan state, #36 in your program,our midwest jet fans will remember him even then as a good tackler and very good ball skills.

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I know about Smith in college, GaryC, I meant he’s never started at S in the pros. And he hasn’t looked that impressive when he has.

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