Mixed Perspectives on Sione Pouha's Injury

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Dec 11, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets nose tackle Sione Pouha (91) celebrates a safety during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Met Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John O

The week leading up to the open of the NFL season is finally here. The season officially opens tomorrow night, and the Jets open on Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills. As the week begins, the injury reports start to come in, although not officially until tomorrow.

One key member of the New York Jets that has been injured for the better part of the preseason is NT Sione Pouha. He has suffered through a back injury that has kept him out of games, and practice, for weeks. Sione has become a leader along the Jets defensive line, and although the defensive line is deep, he is important to the Jets success.

But will Pouha be ready for the opener. Head coach Rex Ryan was confident in the weeks prior to this one, but now he is unsure on Sione’s status. Here is what he had to say about his injury:

Well, sometimes backs are tricky. If you go out there too early and have a setback with it, that can really set you back. But he’s been getting better. He actually has weights down, he’s been able to do some things, but he really hasn’t practiced football. I don’t want to say he’s ready to go. Playing that position, I don’t know if you can just run out there without competing on the practice field with each other.

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