The NY Jets and Washington Commanders are set to meet in a lowly battle between two teams hoping to improve their draft position in a meaningless Christmas Eve game.
The Jets were officially eliminated from playoff contention this past week following a 30-0 loss on the road to the Miami Dolphins. This came just one week after the Jets stunned the Houston Texans in a blowout victory.
Quarterback Zach Wilson was injured in that Week 15 loss to the Dolphins, leaving the Jets to turn to their third (fourth?) string quarterback, Trevor Siemian. Siemian will start today, giving the team their fourth starting QB of the season.
A number of other Jets players are nursing injuries entering this game. Aaron Rodgers has (obviously) been ruled out with an Achilles injury. The likes of running back Israel Abanikanda (ankle), offensive tackle Duane Brown (back), defensive end John Franklin-Myers (hip), and safety Jordan Whitehead (knee) are all questionable to play.
As for the Commanders, they were also eliminated from playoff contention following their loss to the Los Angeles Rams this past Sunday. At 4-10, they have a chance to solidify their top-five draft pick status with a loss today.
While they have their starting quarterback, they will be without center Tyler Larsen (knee), offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. (calf), and running back Brian Robinson Jr. (hamstring), who have all been ruled out. Safety Percy Butler is questionable with an illness after being added to the injury report on Friday.
Both the Jets and Commanders could use a loss to help improve their draft position in a game that will have serious draft implications. Here is a list of both teams' inactives ahead of today's game.
NY Jets inactives for Week 16
- WR Randall Cobb
- OL Duane Brown
- QB Aaron Rodgers
- QB Zach Wilson
- OL Austin Deculus
- FB Nick Bawden
- CB Bryce Hall
Washington Commanders inactives for Week 16
- RB Brian Robinson Jr.
- CB Kyu Blu Kelly
- DE Andre Jones Jr.
- C Tyler Larsen
- OT Charles Leno Jr.
- OG Nolan Laufenberg
- WR Mitchell Tinsley