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Jets dodge bullet as Brandon Marshall escapes serious injury

Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets called for a face mask on New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets called for a face mask on New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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In Week 2, the New York Jets defeated their division-rival Buffalo Bills by the score of 37-31. The team got a big scare when Brandon Marshall went to the locker room with a knee injury.

Since acquiring the Pro Bowl wide receiver in 2015, Brandon Marshall has easily been a valuable piece on offense. The New York Jets knew that they could not afford to be without Marshall for any extended period of time.

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On Thursday Night Football, Marshall gave the Jets and their fans a huge scare when he was holding his knee after going down on an illegal face mask penalty by Bills’ defensive back Stephon Gilmore.  The way that his knee twisted was disturbing, and it looked similar to many other knee injuries, which have ended the seasons of several players around the NFL.

After hobbling to the sideline and trying to walk it off, Marshall ended up going to the locker room. He would be evaluated to find out the severity of his injury. After further evaluation, team doctors could not find any significant damage done to Marshall’s ACL or MCL.

This was obviously tremendous news for the team as it meant that his long-term status would almost certainly not be in question. Not only did Marshall avoid sustaining a serious injury, but he also managed to return to the game during the later stages of the second quarter.

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This whole sequence of events seemed rather miraculous as players almost never come back to the same game in which they sustain a non-contact knee injury.

Marshall went on to make a few plays over the course of the rest of the game, and he finished with a fairly impressive stat-line consisting of six catches for 101 total receiving yards.

For the most part, Marshall looked like his old self in his return to the game as he helped free up others while making plays for himself.

Marshall’s status for next week’s game in Kansas City is currently in question as the team is yet to make the extent of the injury public. It is a very good sign that Marshall returned to the game against Buffalo. It is also good that Marshall is making progress as he said himself via the Media Relations Department of the Jets that he went from limping to walking within a few days.

If Marshall isn’t good to go for the game in Kansas City, the Jets’ offense will certainly be facing an uphill battle.

Marshall makes every other player on the offense more effective, and his big-play ability is almost always a game changer.

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At the end of the day, Jets fans should be very thankful for the fact that Marshall is not going to be out for the season. Whether he suits up in Kansas City or not, we can be sure that Marshall will be making his presence on the field felt once again in a relatively short period of time.

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