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Jets are 'probably getting killed' if Christian Hackenberg has to play

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Christian Hackenberg might get a uniform on Saturday.

After 14 games on the inactive list, the New York Jets' rookie quarterback might dress against the Patriots.

"It's possible," coach Todd Bowles said on Thursday.

The decision will be based on injuries. In other words, if Bowles can't find 46 healthy players at other positions, he'll activate Hackenberg as the No. 3 quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the No. 2. Bryce Petty will make his fourth career start.

Bowles gave the expected response when asked how he'd feel if Hackenberg were pressed into action, saying the former Penn State passer wouldn't be active if the Jets didn't think he could execute the game plan. Then, in a moment of rare candor, Bowles said:

"If we get down to the third quarterback, we're probably getting killed in the first place."

The Jets (4-10) are a 16.5-point underdog, which means Vegas expects them to get killed no matter whom they put at quarterback.

In injury news, running back Matt Forte missed practice for the second straight day and will be a game-time decision. Forte, 31, is dealing with a nerve issue in his shoulder and a torn meniscus in his knee. He has played all season with the knee problem, and he hurt his shoulder while blocking a blitzer last week against Miami.

Some might be wondering, why not just sit Forte in these meaningless games?

"If he can play, he will," said Bowles, who trusts him enough to make the call.

Either way, Bilal Powell will get most of the carries again.