The New York Jets were the recipients of mostly positive news on Thursday regarding the status of a few of their currently injured players.
The New York Jets have run into their fair share of injury misfortune this season but that poor luck does seem to have died down a bit in recent weeks. The team finally seems to be getting healthier than they’ve been in quite some time.
And Thursday’s latest injury report indicated just that.
The Jets only listed three players on the injury report while the dreaded “DNP” designation as only offensive tackle Chuma Edoga, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and linebacker Paul Worrilow were held out of practice.
Meanwhile, the Jets still did have a collection of limited participants, but their partial participation indicates that the hope is that they could play this week. In total, seven Jets players practiced in a limited capacity in Thursday practice.
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That didn’t include edge rusher/linebacker Brandon Copeland either as the versatile 28-year-old was upgraded from a “DNP” on Wednesday to a limited participant on Thursday.
And for a Jets team that has experienced quite a few injuries at the linebacker position, this is especially encouraging. The return of Neville Hewitt has allowed Copeland to play more at edge rusher again but the team still lacks depth at off-ball linebacker if the injury bug were to strike again.
Fortunately, it appears as though Copeland will be good to go on Sunday. The same could be said for cornerback Darryl Roberts who has missed each of the team’s last three games.
In his place, the duo of Blessuan Austin and Arthur Maulet have shined which could make the Jets hesitant to switch away from a winning formula. After all, the Jets have won each of the three games that Roberts has missed.
And it’s not as though he was playing particularly well before sustaining his injury.
It might just make sense for the Jets to continue rolling with the younger, more impressive duo of Austin and Maulet. As the old adage goes, don’t change a winning formula.
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The one piece of bad news coming out of this injury report — outside of Mosley’s continued absence — is that rookie tackle Chuma Edoga did not practice again and is not expected to play this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
That means that swing tackle Brandon Shell will once again start at right tackle while Kelvin Beachum — also a limited participant — continues to start at left tackle playing with two sprained ankles.
In reality, however, Shell had been outperforming Edoga over these last few weeks anyway so it’s not as if this is a major loss either. Although it’s never good for a rookie to miss time with an injury.
Outside of Mosley and Edoga, the Jets do finally seem to be getting healthier which bodes well for the success of the team going forward.
Let’s just hope that the football gods have forsaken them enough and that they see a renewed bill of health over the final stretch of the season.