The NY Jets are preparing for their highly-anticipated Week 1 matchup with the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football this week, and it appears as though they're going to pretty much be at full strength for the game.
The Jets released their first injury report of the 2023 season on Thursday, and it's one that should have fans excited and feeling optimistic entering Week 1.
Three Jets players were listed as limited participants for Thursday's practice: left tackle Duane Brown (shoulder), right tackle Mekhi Becton (knee), and running back Breece Hall (knee).
The expectation, however, is that all three will play on Monday. Their limited participation was strictly due to load management, with all three coming off major surgeries. They are all in line to play.
That means, barring any setbacks, the Jets will be as close to 100 percent as possible entering Monday's game.
The NY Jets have a clean bill of health for Week 1
Brown underwent offseason shoulder surgery and missed pretty much the entire summer, but he returned to practice two weeks ago and is expected to start Week 1 at left tackle.
The Jets have slowly increased Becton's workload throughout the summer, and after impressing in the preseason, the former first-round pick will start Monday's game at right tackle.
Hall will play as well, per head coach Robert Saleh, alongside new running back addition Dalvin Cook. Cook (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Defensive end Carl Lawson, who has been nursing a back injury for most of the last month, was also a full participant in practice. Brown, Becton, and Hall were the only limited participants.
As for the Bills, the only player on their injury report is safety Micah Hyde (back). Hyde told reporters on Thursday that he will play in the Bills' season opener on Thursday, so his status for Week 1 doesn't appear to be in question.
The Bills will, of course, be without star pass rusher Von Miller, who remains on the PUP list as he continues to rehab the torn ACL he suffered last season. He's the most notable player who will miss this game.
Aside from Miller, however, both the Jets and Bills are pretty healthy entering Week 1. That's good news for fans of both teams and good news for the NFL-viewing audience.