The NY Jets have trotted out a different starting five along their offensive line seemingly every week for the last month or so, and that will once again be the case in Week 10.
The Jets announced on Friday that offensive lineman Billy Turner will miss this Sunday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders with a finger injury. Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Turner underwent surgery and will miss at least one game.
Turner filled in at right guard in Week 8 and started at right tackle this past week against the Los Angeles Chargers following a slew of injuries to the Jets' offensive line.
Now, the Jets are set to be down yet another de facto starting offensive lineman in Turner this week. Expect a new starting five again on Sunday night.
Billy Turner is the latest addition to the NY Jets offensive line injury report
Turner is just the latest Jets offensive lineman to go down with an injury. Week 1 starting left tackle Duane Brown was placed on the injured reserve after just two games. Standout guard/tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker tore his Achilles against the Denver Broncos and subsequently landed on the injured reserve.
Center Connor McGovern and backup center/new starting guard Wes Schweitzer both suffered injuries in Week 9 and were placed on the IR. Rookie center Joe Tippmann has also missed time due to a calf injury.
The Jets have been forced to start guys out of position alongside practice squad players just to fill out a starting five. That's expected to be the case again this week.
The Jets have a few options to replace Turner, who admittedly struggled mightily against the Chargers. Their best option might be to move Max Mitchell, who started last week at right guard, back out to right tackle.
The team could then fill Mitchell's place at right guard with either Chris Glaser (re-signed to the active roster nine days ago) or practice-squad fill-in Xavier Newman. Newman was the unsung hero for the Jets in Week 9, filling in at center despite his lack of experience playing the position.
The Jets could also keep Mitchell at right guard and start veteran Dennis Kelly at right tackle. Kelly has 130 career NFL games under his belt, and while he has experience at both guard and tackle, he's best on the outside.
There's also rookie Carter Warren, although he's almost exclusively played left tackle in his career. It would likely take an injury to Mekhi Becton for Warren to see the field this week.
The Jets signed veteran Rodger Saffold to their practice squad last week, but it doesn't seem as though he's ready for in-game action yet. Remember, Saffold didn't have a training camp to prepare this summer.
The Jets have their options, and none of them are particularly appealing. That's what happens when your offensive line gets decimated by injuries in the way that theirs has.
Saleh insists that the Jets have "a good plan" for their offensive line this week despite the injuries. With Maxx Crosby and friends on deck, they better hope so.