Jets quarterback Josh McCown breaks down in tears while discussing season-ending broken hand

  • New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown broke his hand on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
  • While talking to reporters after the game, McCown got emotional when discussing his time with the Jets.
  • McCown will miss the rest of the season after posting some of the best numbers of his career.


New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown on Sunday got emotional while discussing the broken hand that he sustained vs. the Denver Broncos in Week 14.

McCown left the game early with a hand injury. Though it was diagnosed as broken, he reportedly sought a second opinion on Monday that confirmed he'll need surgery. He'll miss the rest of the season.

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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Outside linebacker Shane Ray #56 of the Denver Broncos hits quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets on a play where McCown would appear to injure his hand and come out of the game in the third quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Outside linebacker Shane Ray #56 of the Denver Broncos hits quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets on a play where McCown would appear to injure his left hand and come out of the game in the third quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray (56) puts a big hit on New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) during the third quarter as he gets helped up by offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. McCown left the game for X-rays. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets begins to remove his helmet after appearing to sustain an injury in the third quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. McCown would not return to the game. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) is helped up after a play in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) is attended to by medical staff during the New York Jets vs Denver Broncos football game at Sports Authority Field in Denver CO on December 10, 2017. (Photo by Kyle Emery/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) is attended to by medical staff during the New York Jets vs Denver Broncos football game at Sports Authority Field in Denver CO on December 10, 2017. (Photo by Kyle Emery/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets walks off the field with a trainer after sustaining an injury in the third quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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While talking to reporters, the 38-year-old McCown broke down, saying he was upset about not getting to the finish the season with the team, though that ruling hadn't been made yet.

"It's been the best because of the guys," a choked-up McCown said. "Not numbers. It's been the best because of the group of guys in the locker room.

"I'm just proud to be part of it. So thankful they let me be part of this team."

McCown played a part in a surprisingly competitive Jets season that many expected to be marred by blatant tanking. Playing on the seventh team in his 13-year career, McCown posted a career-high in completion percentage and the second-best passer rating of his career.

In McCown's absence, the Jets will turn to Bryce Petty and second-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

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