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New York Jets: Injury Bug Hitting Already?

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 24:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets  confers with offensive coordinator Tony Sparano at an organized team activity at the New York Jets practice facility on May 24, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Vinny MessanaCorrespondent IJune 13, 2012

Rex Ryan's address to the media is generally extremely candid and gregarious. Reporters love his penchant for supplying headline-worthy quotes.

Today, however, he seemed visibly concerned regarding the outrageous amount of injuries that have occurred up to this early point of camp.

Obviously, these "injuries" could be the types of aches and pains that football players are accustomed to playing through during the regular season, but they are taking precautions in the summer.

Or it could be a sign of another snake-bitten season.

Last season, the biggest injury the Jets were forced to overcome was the high-ankle sprain of All-Pro center Nick Mangold. That exposed the Jets' lack of depth at the offensive line position.

Clearly, that was a huge hit for the time being, but it was really their only key injury aside from the season-ending loss of linebacker Bryan Thomas.

Already, the depth is being tested. And for whatever reason, they all seem to be hamstring injuries.

How about this for an injury report?

Wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill, as well as running back Bilal Powell, did not practice due to hamstring injuries.

Odd, but certainly not headline-worthy.

Then the injury report mentions the "limited" participants in practice.

Wide receivers Chaz Schillens, Patrick Turner and Jeremy Kerley. Tight end Jeff Cumberland, offensive linemen Matt Slauson, linebacker Bryan Thomas and place kicker Nick Folk were also limited with hamstring injuries.

Now that is something to be concerned about.

Coming off last season's bitterly disappointing ending, the Jets need to get off to a hot start in order to put the stink of January 1st, 2012 behind them.

That could be tough if there are no wide receivers for Mark Sanchez (or Tim Tebow) to throw to.

Early reports are that Sanchez is struggling already, even without the pressure of an actual NFL game to affect him.

It is still June, so it is important to realize that even if everything was going perfectly, there is no reason to take any credence to the results of minicamp.

On the other end of the spectrum, however, seasons can be crippled with injuries to key players. Rex Ryan needs to hope these injuries are an isolated event and the key players will all be ready to contribute as soon as possible.

Otherwise, the Jets will need one of Tebow's miracles in order to save them from the cellar of the AFC East. 

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