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NY Jets place Bradley McDougald on injured reserve, activate Arthur Maulet

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The NY Jets have placed Bradley McDougald on injured reserve and activated Arthur Maulet.

The NY Jets have made a few last-minute roster transactions ahead of their Week 8 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs including placing safety Bradley McDougald on injured reserve and activating cornerback Arthur Maulet from IR.

McDougald injured his shoulder in the team’s 18-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills last week and after being held out of practice on Wednesday, it became clear that the Jets believed the injury could be a relatively significant one.

The team sent him out for a second opinion to be further evaluated this past week and clearly the news they received wasn’t too optimistic. Now, McDougald will be forced to miss at least the next three weeks.

That’s good news for third-round rookie Ashtyn Davis who has mostly taken a back seat role to McDougald this season. But given the veteran safety’s immense struggles this season, it’s hard to imagine Davis being any worse.

The coaching staff was high on Davis all summer and expected him to play a key role on defense early in his career. Evidently, that hasn’t been the case to this point. But that’s about to change now.

As for Maulet, the veteran cornerback was placed on IR following the Jets’ Week 2 loss to the after he suffered a groin injury. The Jets designated him to return from IR last week and now he’s been activated after missing the last five weeks.

Maulet will add further depth to the cornerback position and provide the Jets with another core special teamer.

The NY Jets announced a few non-IR related roster moves as well.

The team also announced that they had signed kicker Sergio Castillo to the active roster which would indicate that Sam Ficken will miss his second consecutive game this week.

Castillo made both kicks he attempted last week connecting on an extra point and a 29-yard field goal in his NFL debut. Ficken returned to practice on a limited basis this week but evidently, it didn’t go well enough for him to play on Sunday.

Finally, the Jets elevated linebacker Bryce Hager and wide receiver Jaleel Scott from the practice squad. Hager was temporarily elevated last week and recorded one tackle on 13 special-teams snaps. He provides extra insurance following an injury to Blake Cashman.

Scott will give the team a fifth active wide receiver with both Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman expected to miss this week’s game.

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For Jets fans looking for a reason to tune in this week, perhaps the insertion of Ashtyn Davis into the starting lineup will provide enough of an incentive.

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