New York Jets Sign Injured Receiver to Active Roster: Is That Weird?

By Alan Schechter

Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Salas (19) makes a one handed catch against the New England Patriots during the second half of a preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots won 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets certainly needed to add wide receivers to the active roster. With Santonio Holmes down, and Clyde Gates on injured reserve, the already limited group is becoming even more limited. So, it’s no wonder that the Jets have been working players out, and ultimately signed two.

They signed Josh Cribbs, who will have an immediate role in the return game, as well as an impact on offense once he learns the system. But then, there is the second signing, Greg Salas. We come to learn today that, although he has been signed to the active roster, is injured.

First, it was announced by coach Ryan that Salas did not practice today. Then Rex tells us that he already came with that injury, in case we wondered if he sustained injury immediately upon arrival. He was asked about the signing, and responded by telling the interested reporter that Salas should be ready in a couple of weeks, so the move was OK.

It seems strange to me. On a team with a suffering depth chart, why would you sign a guy that can’t play yet? Have you seen great things in his past? He has 27 catches over two years. What could the Jets have seen that would make it worth a roster spot, essentially not being used right now?

Seems weird to me.