The NY Jets are banged up heading into their Week 14 matchup with the New Orleans Saints. Three players have been ruled OUT while six others, including wide receiver Elijah Moore, are listed as questionable.
The Jets released their final injury report on Friday and declared tight end Trevon Wesco (ankle), cornerback Michael Carter II (concussion), and Tevin Coleman (concussion) OUT for this week's game. All three players did not practice all week which made it highly unlikely that they would suit up against the Saints.
They also listed the likes of Moore (quad), Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle), Ryan Griffin (knee/ankle), C.J. Mosley (back), Sheldon Rankins (knee), and John Franklin-Myers (hip) as questionable.
Griffin, Mosley, Rankins, and Franklin-Myers were all full participants in practice on Friday and there doesn't appear to be any risk that they miss this week's game. The same cannot be said for Moore and Duvernay-Tardif, however.
Elijah Moore's absence would be a significant blow to the NY Jets offense
Duvernay-Tardif did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but was elevated to a limited participant on Friday which was a significant step in the right direction for the veteran guard.
Since taking over full-time for Greg Van Roten at right guard, Duvernay-Tardif has played well allowing just one pressure over the last two weeks combined. In just 24 snaps filling in for Duvernay-Tardif last Sunday, Van Roten allowed two pressures.
If Duvernay-Tardif can't go, the Jets will be forced to turn back to Van Roten who has started most of the season at right guard, although he hasn't been especially effective.
Meanwhile, Moore's status for Sunday appears to be even more in doubt. The rookie wideout did not practice all week while dealing with a quad injury, although the Jets listing him as questionable at least provides some optimism that he might be able to play.
With the Jets already without Corey Davis for the remainder of the season, losing Moore in this game could severely hinder the offense. That would open up starting jobs for the likes of Keelan Cole and Denzel Mims, a pretty sizable drop-off from what Zach Wilson was working with a week ago.
Head coach Robert Saleh said that both Duvernay-Tardif and Moore are day-to-day and will likely be game-time decisions. Here's to hoping that both players are able to play.