Ryan Fitzpatrick, who missed the entire preseason with a torn ACL, returned to practice for the first time on Wednesday after being sidelined for two months.
The Jets coach confirmed to the team’s official website that Fitzpatrick will be available for the team Thursday night against the Cardinals.
Fitzpatrick did not practice Thursday morning.
He has been ruled out for the season with a right knee injury.
The quarterback was limited to just 11 snaps in the first preseason game against the Saints because of the injury.
Fitzpatrick said during the offseason that he would be ready for Week 1.
Fitzpatrick, 28, had surgery in May 2016 to repair his ACL.
He is one of the NFL’s youngest quarterbacks, but he has shown the ability to progress and reach his full potential in his career.
He signed a five-year, $60 million contract extension in March 2017 after starting 13 games in four seasons with the New York Jets.
Fitzpatrick also has started at quarterback in the past, including a stint in Buffalo with Mark Sanchez in 2016.
The third-year pro has started in three of the team and the Jets’ past four games.
Fitzpatrick has a career passer rating of 100.7, which is second-best in the NFL behind Cam Newton, but the Jets are 1-3 against the Patriots this season.
He also has two interceptions this season, tied for the second-most in the league.
Fitzpatrick is entering the third season of a five year, $64 million contract.