New York Jets expected to be without seven starters this Thursday

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The New York Jets are expected to be without seven starters this Thursday as the team will be heavily shorthanded coming into a short week.

The New York Jets have dealt with injury after injury in what has been a misfortune-filled 2019 season. And going into their Week 15 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, expect the Jets to be shorthanded once again.

It was always going to be difficult for the Jets entering a short week ahead of this Thursday night matchup. But matters were made worse when the team came out of their Week 14 win over the Miami Dolphins pretty beat up.

And now, the Jets are expected to be without seven starters this week, per the team’s final injury report.

#NYJvsBAL final injury report:

OUTT Chuma EdogaRB Bilal PowellTE Ryan GriffinCB Brian Poole

DOUBTFULS Jamal AdamsCB Arthur MauletWR Demaryius ThomasDL Quinnen Williams

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 11, 2019

Four players have already been declared out for Thursday’s game, three of which are starters. Rookie right tackle Chuma Edoga continues to be sidelined with an MCL injury while nickel cornerback Brian Poole will miss his second consecutive game with a concussion.

The other two injuries were suffered during Sunday’s game or in the days following with Ryan Griffin exiting early with an ankle injury and Bilal Powell feeling the effects of an illness and an ankle ailment.

Le’Veon Bell‘s return will obviously ease the pain of losing Powell but the longtime fan-favorite did play very well in Bell’s absence last week. Nevertheless, the Jets should find it very difficult to run against a stout Baltimore run defense this week regardless.

Griffin’s absence is more impactful as the veteran tight end has developed into one of Sam Darnold‘s favorite targets. Expect to see a heavy dosage of Daniel Brown and rookie Trevon Wesco in his place.

But those four aren’t the only key players expected to miss this week. The likes of Jamal Adams, Arthur Maulet, Demaryius Thomas, and Quinnen Williams are all listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game.

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The Jets will once again be dealing with injuries in their secondary with Poole missing another week and Adams and Maulet out again. New York’s secondary struggled to contain Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins offense last week.

We could only imagine the struggles they’ll have against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens this week.

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Adams’ absence is especially disappointing given that he would be one of the Jets’ only chances to limit Jackson both in the air and on the ground. But alas the star safety is expected to miss the second game of his career while still sidelined with an ankle injury.

Even more discouraging is Williams’ anticipated absence given that the rookie was coming off perhaps the best game of his brief career. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to capitalize on that momentum as he’ll miss this week with a neck injury.

Facing a team like the Ravens on a short week was never going to be an easy task. And with their numerous injuries to key players, it’s hard to see this being a competitive contest.

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Let’s just hope for a more respectable showing than the Jets last two primetime games this season.