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NFL Week 1: New York Jets Injury Report Heading into Game vs. Buffalo Bills

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Sione Pouha #91 of the New York Jets reacts against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIISeptember 8, 2012

The New York Jets injury report for Sunday's game as been released (via Mike Mazzeo of ESPN). There are a few names on there that will impact the Jets' first game as they host the rival Buffalo Bills.

 

Players Who Are Out

- Eric Smith

- Dennis Landolt

Safety Eric Smith was greatly maligned in 2011 and now is a backup. However, he is the primary backup at safety, a position without a ton of depth. It is now crucial that nothing happens to either starting safety, Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry.

Offensive tackle Dennis Landolt has not yet played a snap in the NFL after two years on practice squads. He was unlikely to play this week. However, his absence lessens the depth at offensive tackle.

 

Players Who Are Questionable

- Sione Pouha

- Mike DeVito

- Dustin Keller

It is looking increasingly like Pouha—with a back injury—will at least not start. The start will probably go to second-year defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis. If Pouha does play, it will most likely be very limited.

Said head coach Rex Ryan (via ESPN New York): "I think we're gonna be smart and give it a little time. This is really the first week he's practiced. He was out there today, but we'll see."

Missing defensive end Mike DeVito as well would be rough, making it two missing starters from the defensive line. DeVito—with a calf injury—is more likely to play than Pouha, but we will not know for sure until game day.

Starting tight end Dustin Keller is important to the passing game and would be sorely missed. With only a minor hamstring injury, it would be a surprise if he missed the game.

In addition to the questionable players, there are several who are probable. However, they are all very likely to play and are not worth much concern.

 

Players Who Are Probable

Chaz Schilens, Santonio Holmes, Ellis Lankster, David Harris, Josh Bush, Nick Bellore,  Joe McKnight, Stephen Hill, Brandon Moore, Bryan Thomas, LaRon Landry.

 

Adam Waksman is a featured columnist for the Bleacher Report New York Jets community. Be sure to follow Adam on Twitter to receive updates right away.

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