It was a busy day for the New York Jets in the operating room.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a torn ligament in his left thumb repaired, and running back Zac Stacy had surgery on his broken left ankle.

Coach Todd Bowles said during a conference call that Fitzpatrick is still on track to return for the Jets' next game at Houston on Nov. 22, but Stacy is out for the season.

Fitzpatrick tore the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb on his non-throwing hand at Oakland on Nov. 1 and played through it in two games while wearing a brace. With a break after New York's 22-17 loss to Buffalo on Thursday night, Fitzpatrick opted to have the procedure now instead of after the season.

Colorblind confusion

The NFL intends to tinker with its "Color Rush" uniform promotion after some colorblind fans couldn't distinguish between all-red Buffalo and all-green Jets.

The league said the NFL will incorporate a colorblindness analysis when designing monochrome alternate team jerseys for next season.

The league was responding to concerns by fans who had difficulty Thursday night distinguishing between the scarlet red Bills and Kelly green Jets.

Various studies have found that red-green color blindness is the most prevalent and affects between 10 million to 13 million Americans.

The Bills-Jets game was the first of four this season in which teams will wear one-color uniforms. Next season, all Thursday night games will feature teams wearing alternate uniforms.

Big Ben not ruled out

The Steelers have not ruled out playing Ben Roethlisberger this weekend.

Roethlisberger left with a mid-left foot sprain in the fourth quarter of last week's win over the Raiders and had to be taken to the locker room on a motorized cart.

On Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin said the door was "slightly ajar" for Roethlisberger to play Sunday.

Just how open that door is remains to be seen. Roethlisberger was a limited participant in practice for as a second straight day Friday after sitting out Wednesday.

Forte questionable

Bears running back Matt Forte is listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Rams. But it seems highly unlikely that Forte will return from a sprained medial collateral ligament in time.

The 29-year-old running back admitted that he has seen drastic improvement in his recovery this week but still has a lot to consider before resuming full-speed, full-contact action.


• Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns (sprained foot) practiced on a limited basis and said he's "very confident I'll be out there" against Baltimore.

• Cowboys' weakside linebacker Sean Lee (concussion) was ruled out of Sunday's game.

• Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr underwent a second round of stem cell treatments in Mexico as he works toward returning to Green Bay for the Packers' Thanksgiving Day game.