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New York Jets: How Will the Physical Game Against Dallas Affect Them Sunday?

The Jets can't afford to have Sanchez hit like this on Sunday against the Jags.
The Jets can't afford to have Sanchez hit like this on Sunday against the Jags.Elsa/Getty Images
Chris LeydenCorrespondent IISeptember 15, 2011

The New York Jets play smash-mouth football. Rex Ryan makes it no secret that he doesn't want his team to try to dance around their opponent, but rather run right over them. That's what makes Shawn Green such a great Jet. He is not as elusive as Chris Johnson or Maurice Jones-Drew, but he is just as powerful as Adrian Peterson.

Of course when you play this style of football, injuries are bound to happen. Throw in the fact that the Jets have about half a day less rest, and they may come into the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a bit of a limp.

Most of the injuries the Jets sustained are minor and to be expected in the NFL, but for the Jets many of these injuries are to the most important players.

Below is a brief breakdown of some of the more important players and their injuries.

David Harris- Maybe the biggest worry for the Jets is will Harris be able to play on Sunday. He seems to have some sort of foot/toe injury, and it kept him from practicing on Thursday. Rex Ryan said he doesn't believe it is turf toe or broken, which would obviously be serious, but with the Jets playing on a turf field foot injuries take a bit longer to heal.

John Connor- Probably the biggest injury that was felt against Dallas was the fact that John Connor was not able to go full speed. Connor didn't play much and when he did it was not "The Terminator" Jets fans are used too. Another week of recovery means we should see more Connor Sunday, and more running plays in general.

Mark Sanchez- Everyone in the Jets organization, including Sanchez himself, says the franchise quarterback is fine, but whenever a quarterback takes such a beating and then has to undergo a concussion test the next day, there is cause for concern. Sanchez has a knack for getting back up after big hits, but if the Jags get to him nearly as much as the Cowboys did, we may be seeing Mark Brunell in the near future.

Eric Smith- Smith was limited in practice with a twisted ankle, and the last thing the Jets need is a safety who already isn't very good at dropping into pass coverage not being able to turn and run. I think we will see some more Brodney Pool this weekend, as Smith recovers.

Joe McKnight- McKnight should be good to go on Sunday. He dislocated his finger (not positive but I imagine on the punt block) but should be fine. We may see him return a few more kickoffs this Sunday.

Santonio Holmes- Holmes was limited in practice on Thursday due to knee and quad soreness, but don't expect that to slow him down on Sunday. The Jags don't exactly have a well-known pass defense.

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