Summer 2024

Jets QB Josh McCown gets emotional in press conference after injuring his hand

New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown came into Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos as the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week. He left it with a loss and a broken hand.

But even more, McCown left it knowing it might be his last start this season and maybe of his 15-year career.

A noticeably emotional McCown shared why this season meant so much to him.

“It’s been the best (year) because of the guys, not numbers, it’s been the best because of the group of men in the locker room. I’m just proud to be a part of it. Thankful they let me be a part of this team,” he said.

In his best season as a pro, McCown had started all 13 games for a team that wasn’t expected to do much winning, and he has thrown a career-high 2,926 passing yards and 18 touchdown passes.

Backup QB Bryce Petty will take over the starting job if McCown is unable to continue. Further tests on his hand will reveal the extent of the injury and whether Josh can play any more games this season.

“When you can’t be out there for your guys, it’s the hardest thing,” McCown said after the game. “It’s just disappointing and I just hate that it went this way.”

For more on Josh’s football journey, click below to see his story produced by The Increase back in 2012.