Sept 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) is tackled by New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
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Darrelle Revis (Concussion)- Revis is the key to the Jets defense. If he can’t play against the Steelers receiving trio of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders the Jets could be in trouble. Also, with Isaiah Trufant limited in practice, the depth at cornerback is not in the best shape heading into a game against three good receiving threats.
Brian Thomas (Hamstring)-Thomas’ status is uncertain, but as a veteran leader and starting linebacker it would not be good if he misses an extended period of time.
Jeremy Kerley (Back)- While the extent of his injury is unknown, it would be a blow to the offense and special teams if he can’t play. As he showcased in week one, he’s an explosive receiver and returner, a playmaker that the Jets need in the lineup.
Eric Smith (Hip/Knee)-Rex has said that he expects Smith to be available for the game Sunday, which would add depth at safety. With the Steelers more proficient passing game, it is important to have someone who can come in and give LaRon Landry or Yeremiah Bell a breather.
Dustin Keller (Hamstring)- Despite being limited in practice he is expected to play against Pittsburgh. If the offense can build off of last week’s performance, Keller may be in line for increased action in this one. Especially if Kerley misses the game, it will be important that Keller is there as another receiving option for Sanchez.
Sione Pouha (Low Back)- Earlier in the week Rex proclaimed Pouha would play, and if he does it will help the defense as they struggled stopping the run against Buffalo. Pouha can clog those running lanes and allow the linebackers to make plays in pursuit.
Stephen Hill (Calf)- Hill is expected to return to practice tomorrow and play on Sunday. He is integral to the passing game because of his deep, big play ability. They need him to continue building his game and becoming a consistent downfield threat.
James Harrison (Knee)- Harrison, one of the most feared linebackers in the league, has been running in hopes of being able to practice at the end of the week and play Sunday. He is a hard hitting veteran and breathes life into the Steelers defense. His play can help to neutralize the Jets run game.
Troy Polamalu (Calf)- Polamalu is expected to play Sunday, and is a huge part of the Steelers defense whether in coverage or run support. Missing him would open up a lot of space for the Jets offense to exploit.
Jonathon Dwyer (Foot)– Dwyer was effective running the ball last week and looked like the better running back for Pittsburgh. If he can’t play Isaac Redman will take most of the carries.