The NY Jets are still riding an emotional high following Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Denver Broncos, but reality set in a little on Monday when it was announced that star offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker had suffered a season-ending torn Achilles.
This comes almost a year to the day that Vera-Tucker suffered a different season-ending injury on the road against Denver a year ago. It's a crushing blow for the third-year offensive stalwart and a significant loss for the Jets.
Vera-Tucker is the most important player on the Jets' offensive line. Replacing him is no easy task. That said, the Jets do have a few options moving forward.
While Vera-Tucker's value may be irreplaceable, here are four options the Jets have to replace him in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future.
4. The NY Jets could turn to Billy Turner
The Jets signed veteran Billy Turner this offseason with the expectation that he would serve as a reliable swing tackle off the bench. The 10-year NFL veteran has spent half of his career playing under Nathaniel Hackett and is a favorite of the Jets' offensive coaching staff.
Turner spent most of the summer as the Jets' primary left tackle while Duane Brown was recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. He came in to replace Mekhi Becton for a few plays on Sunday as well.
The Jets seem to see Turner as more of a left tackle, but the Minnesota native has ample experience playing both tackle spots. If the Jets prefer a more experienced option, they could turn to Turner.
This feels like the least likely of the four options on this list, but Turner's versatility allows the Jets to consider him as a replacement for Vera-Tucker. There are probably more appealing alternatives, however.