The NY Jets have experienced their fair share of injuries this year, but no position has been hit harder than linebacker. And that continued during Sunday's 54-13 loss to the New England Patriots.
The Jets entered the game already without three of their top linebackers. C.J. Mosley was forced to miss the game with a hamstring injury while Jarrad Davis and Hamsah Nasirildeen remained on the injured reserve.
That left the team with a top trio of Quincy Williams, Jamien Sherwood, and Blake Cashman on Sunday. All three players suffered injuries in that game.
Sherwood's was the most significant as he will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles. Williams suffered a concussion and Cashman injured his groin. Both players could be forced to miss next week's game.
The NY Jets have almost no healthy linebackers left on their roster
At the moment, the only healthy linebacker remaining on the active roster is Del'Shawn Phillips who played 49 percent of defensive snaps in Week 7 as a result of the various injuries.
They also have Noah Dawkins who was elevated from the practice squad this week and played 14 defensive snaps.
But that's it. There isn't a single other healthy linebacker under contract with the Jets.
Head coach Robert Saleh spoke to the media on Monday and gave updates about the team's injuries. Saleh said the plan is for Mosley to practice this week. Davis is also eligible to practice, although he sounded less-than-optimistic that he would be able to play in Week 8.
Nasirildeen is still at least a week away while Williams' and Cashman's statuses are very much up in the air. The Jets have almost nothing left at linebacker.
Saleh said that the team plans to bring in a bunch of linebackers for workouts on Tuesday and it's likely the Jets will be forced to sign at least two of them. There's a good chance whoever they sign is immediately thrust into a featured role as well.
The Jets will likely be starting practice squad players and guys signed off the street at linebacker this Sunday.
After allowing 54 points in Week 7, the defense could be in even worse shape in Week 8, especially if Mosley is unable to play again.