The NY Jets' offensive line has been decimated by injuries this season, and their Week 15 opponents, the Miami Dolphins, are being hit with the same level of injury carnage ahead of this Sunday's game.
The Dolphins were already dealing with injuries to left tackle Terron Armstead and right guard Robert Hunt. And then this past weekend, Miami lost starting center Connor Williams to a torn ACL. His backup, Liam Eichenberg, has yet to practice this week.
In response, the Dolphins signed multiple veteran centers, including former Jets offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison. If Eichenberg is unable to play on Sunday, it will be Harrison who starts at center for Miami.
This is despite the fact that Harrison has not appeared in an NFL game since 2019 — his final year with the Jets. Oh, and he was signed about 48 hours ago.
The Dolphins are hurting along the offensive line, and the Jets could be the ones to benefit.
NY Jets could face Jonotthan Harrison and an injury-riddled Dolphins OL in Week 15
Harrison played with the Jets from 2018-2019, starting 18 games at center and guard. His performance was that of a backup offensive lineman, which was to be expected.
He was respectable depth in 2019, but that was four years ago. Again, Harrison has not played an NFL snap since his final game with the Jets nearly a half-decade ago.
The former Indianapolis Colts second-round pick has bounced around since leaving the Jets. He's had brief stints with the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons (mostly on practice squads), but he's never been able to suit up for a game.
That is expected to change this Sunday.
Even if Eichenberg, who is nursing a calf injury, is able to play, the former Notre Dame standout has played poorly for the Dolphins this season. His 50.5 Pro Football Focus grade ranks 34th among 38 qualified centers. It's also worth noting that he's not a natural center and has had snapping issues this year.
The Dolphins' offensive line is a mess heading into their Week 15 game against the Jets. That should be good news for a Jets pass rush that is among the best in football.
The Dolphins have not won a game this season in which their quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, has been sacked three or more times (they're 0-4). If the Jets are going to pull off the upset in Week 15 and keep their pipe dream postseason hopes alive, that's the formula for making it happen.
And they could do so with the unintended help of an old friend.