Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick expects to have surgery to repair the torn ligament in his left thumb before the end of the season, perhaps as early as Friday.
Fitzpatrick was assumed to be waiting until after the season. But during the telecast of the Jaguars-Jets game Sunday, sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl revealed Fitzpatrick had told CBS he probably will have surgery before the end of the season.
Erdahl then added "the logical schedule might be this upcoming Friday," given the extra three days between games afforded by the Thursday night game against the Bills.
When asked after the game about the report of a potential Friday procedure, Fitzpatrick seemed surprised and said, "Somebody reported that?"
Asked if it is not accurate, he said: "I don't know. It's still kind of up in the air."
So is it a possibility? "Yeah," he said. "I have to get surgery at some point on it, yeah."
•NOSE FOR THE END ZONE: Karlos Williams became the seventh player to score a touchdown in each of his first five NFL games. The Bills' fifth-round pick out of Florida State scored Sunday on a carry around the left side for 11 yards against the Dolphins. New England's Robert Edwards holds the record with touchdowns in his first six games.
•RUSHING UP THE LIST: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton scored on a leaping 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against the Packers. Newton's rushing TD was the 38th of his career, moving him into a tie with Kordell Stewart for second-most career among quarterbacks. Only Steve Young, with 43, has more, but he accomplished that feat in 15 NFL seasons; Newton is in his fifth year with Carolina.
•THAT'S CONSISTENCY: The Patriots tied an NFL record Sunday by scoring in 31 consecutive quarters — every one this season except the first quarter of the first game.