Jets vs. Texans: Jets Pre-Game Injury Report
Entering their first preseason game, the Jets have some key injuries to their offense that will change up how they go about tonight’s game.
From the offensive line, center Nick Mangold and since he suffered a stinger during the Jets first goal line drill this season. His shoulder/neck injury is of concern to the Jets and they do not want to risk any further injury. While Mangold has gotten some practice in, right guard Brandon Moore just came off the physically-unable-to-perform list on Tuesday after getting hip surgery at the end of the 2010 season and has not practiced yet.
The next player is Mark Sanchez’s backup, Mark Brunell. During Saturday’s practice, Brunell injured his pinky finger on his throwing hand, keeping him from playing tonight.
The last player that will sit out tonight has had the most attention geared toward him this offseason and preseason, and that is wide receiver Plaxico Burress. In his first few days of practice, Burress tweaked his ankle, which an MRI has revealed to be a sprain.
With Mangold and Moore out, five year veteran Robert Turner will play center and second year up and comer Vladimir Ducasse will play right guard. At quarterback, rookie Greg McElroy will see the majority of snaps tonight once Sanchez exits the game (most likely after the first quarter) now that he is the number two quarterback on the team. The Jets most recent acquisition Derrick Mason will likely replace Plaxico tonight as the number two receiver.
While Mark Sanchez plays tonight, expect a lot more running than passing, with the two key losses on the offensive line, protection will be a question mark and the Jets are not looking to lose their franchise quarterback during the first week of preseason. When they do run, the majority will be towards the left as that will be the strong during tonight’s game.
These injuries will definitely make an impact on the Jets offensive play calling and how they flow as a unit, it will be interesting to see how Rex Ryan and company adjust to these changes. Continue to check back here regularly for analysis on all developments as they happen.
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