NY Jets promote WR Josh Malone to active roster, place CB Arthur Maulet on IR

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The NY Jets have promoted Josh Malone to the active roster and placed Arthur Maulet on IR.

The NY Jets have made a few roster moves following Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the San Francisco 49ers, both prompted by injuries.

After serving as a temporary practice squad promotion in each of the last two weeks, the Jets have decided to officially promote wide receiver Josh Malone to the active roster on a full-time basis.

In a corresponding move, the team placed cornerback Arthur Maulet on the injured reserve after he sustained a groin injury this past weekend.

Maulet was injured late in the third quarter while covering a punt downfield on special teams. He was one of a number of players on both teams to leave early with injuries, something that was a significant problem for the NFL as a whole in Week 2.

The 27-year-old will be required to miss at least three weeks before he can return. And with fellow cornerback Quincy Wilson dealing with a concussion at the moment, the Jets only have four healthy cornerbacks on the active roster.

Expect the team to promote a player like Javelin Guidry, Lamar Jackson, or Zane Lewis from their practice squad prior to this Sunday’s game. Guidry is probably the best bet seeing as though the Jets opted to protect him this past week.

The NY Jets continue to struggle with injuries at the wide receiver position.

As for Malone, his full-time promotion comes in response to yet another injury to the Jets’ wide receiver corps. Breshad Perriman hurt his ankle in Sunday’s game and will likely miss at least a game or two.

That means that unless Jamison Crowder can return in Week 3, the Jets had Chris Hogan — who also missed time on Sunday with an injury — and Braxton Berrios as their only healthy receivers on the 53-man roster.

Even with Malone, the Jets only have three healthy receivers, four if Crowder can play. Don’t be surprised to see the team promote a player like Lawrence Cager ahead of their Week 3 meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.

Malone hauled in four catches for 16 yards in Week 2, but didn’t exactly do much to stand out. Cager provides the Jets with a bit more upside and would add a level of intrigue if he plays this Sunday.

The Jets also announced that they had released veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow from their practice squad after spending just a few days with the organization.

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Expect to see some more roster moves before next week’s game with the 53-man roster as flexible as it’s ever been.