The stream of injuries to key New York Jets players has continued this week.
On the bright side, a few players will be returning. Therefore, this group may in fact be stronger than when they nearly beat the Houston Texans last week.
Here is the rundown of key players.
Gone for the Season: Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes, Josh Mauga
Linebacker Mauga is the new name on this list. He is on the IR now after tearing a pectoral muscle on Monday night.
Out: John Conner, Kenrick Ellis, Clyde Gates
The most important name on this list is second-year nose tackle Kenrick Ellis, who sprained his knee on Monday night. He will be gone for upwards of six weeks, according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.
Questionable: Nick Mangold, Sione Pouha, Dustin Keller, Stephen Hill, LaRon Landry, Eric Smith
The most worrisome name here is Mangold, who is arguably the best player on the Jets offense. He finished off the game against the Houston Texans after spraining his ankle. However, ankle sprains tend to be much worse after the fact due to swelling.
Mangold's ankle injury is reminiscent of the injury that sidelined him last season and is often blamed for costing the Jets a 2011 playoff berth. However, head coach Rex Ryan says that Mangold "will probably be able to go" this weekend (via Kristian Dyer of Metro New York).
In addition, several players who are still listed as questionable are likely to make returns, including wide receiver Stephen Hill, tight end Dustin Keller and nose tackle Sione Pouha.
Probable (limited in practice): Bart Scott, Jeremy Kerley, Bryan Thomas, David Harris
Having three linebackers on this list is not a good sign, especially with Mauga on IR. However, all three of these guys will probably be able to play on Sunday.
Kerley will definitely be playing, since he is the only true starting wide receiver left on the team.
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