NY Jets’ injury report is looking very empty ahead of Week 13

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The NY Jets’ injury report is looking very empty heading into Week 13.

The NY Jets have dealt with their fair share of injuries this season, but in recent days and weeks, their fortunes seem to have taken a turn for the better.

And as things currently stand going into Week 13, the Jets might be set to field their healthiest roster of the season.

The team listed just two players on their final injury report on Friday, both of whom are expected to suit up this Sunday barring a setback.

Right tackle George Fant was listed as questionable with an ankle injury while backup guard/center Pat Elflein was given the same designation with a shoulder injury.

Both players were limited in practice this week but trended in the right direction and ultimately look good to go for this week. That’s good news for a Jets offensive line that will already be without starting left guard Alex Lewis.

Lewis was placed on the non-football injury list on Friday and will miss at least three weeks while dealing with a non-injury-related issue.

The NY Jets will likely have both George Fant and Pat Elflein this week

Fant missed this past week’s game against the Miami Dolphins after going down with an injury in Week 11. The Jets started veteran backup Conor McDermott in his place with both Fant and Chuma Edoga sidelined, but that seems primed to change on Sunday.

The 28-year-old did not practice on Wednesday but was listed as a limited participant on Thursday and Friday which would seem to indicate that he will make his return after a brief one-game absence this week.

As for Elflein, the recently-claimed former Minnesota Vikings lineman started last week in place of Lewis at left guard. Elflein has plenty of starting experience having started 44 of 45 career games and will likely remain the starter until Lewis returns — if he returns.

Of course, the injury report doesn’t include players that were placed on reserve lists over the past few days such as Lewis and linebacker Blake Cashman. The Jets still have injured players — it’s just that none of them are on the active roster.

That means the Jets are in-line to have a complete set of healthy inactives for the first time this season. And given the injury trouble their Week 13 opponents, the Las Vegas Raiders, have run into, that bodes well for their chances this Sunday.

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