Jets QB to have thumb surgery Friday after injury worsens in loss to Bills

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.–Rex Ryan’s return to the Meadowlands was a successful one.

Buffalo’s defense shut down Ryan’s former team for much of Thursday night, and the Bills scored on offense and special teams in a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets.

Duke Williams returned a fumbled kickoff 19 yards for the go-ahead points, rookie Karlos Williams had a 26-yard touchdown catch and Dan Carpenter kicked three field goals. Buffalo (5-4) moved into the wild-card playoff picture, while the Jets (5-4) have lost three of their last four games.

Ryan was fired by the Jets after six seasons and immediately hired by Buffalo last January. His pride and joy, the defense, had two interceptions, recovered a fumble and stopped the Jets inside the Bills 10 in the final minutes.

Buffalo’s offense made just enough key plays and held off a late surge by the Jets.

During the game, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured, and he will have surgery on his left thumb Friday, but is not expected to miss any games.

Fitzpatrick tore a ligament in the thumb at Oakland on Nov. 1 and played through the injury in two games while wearing a molded brace on his non-throwing hand. Doctors told the quarterback he would eventually need surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and he decided to do it the day after New York’s 22-17 loss to Buffalo on Thursday night.

The Jets don’t play again until Nov. 22 at Houston, giving Fitzpatrick nine days to recover.

Fitzpatrick said earlier in the week he was told the longer he waits, surgery could become more complicated because the ligament will start to shrink.