The NY Jets have dealt with a slew of injuries at the offensive tackle position, and their offensive line woes just got even worse when it was announced that rookie Max Mitchell would miss the remainder of the season.
Head coach Robert Saleh spoke to the media on Wednesday and told reporters that Mitchell would be placed on the non-football injury list and would not return this season. Saleh declined to go into detail about the situation.
To make matters even worse, new starting right tackle George Fant is one of a number of Jets players dealing with a flu bug that is going around the locker room and was held out of practice on Wednesday.
Mitchell is the seventh Jets offensive tackle to land on an injury list this season and this marks his second stint bringing the total of Jets offensive tackle stints on injury lists to eight.
Max Mitchell is the latest NY Jets offensive tackle to land on a reserve lust
It's hard to comprehend the ridiculous string of injury misfortune the Jets have encountered at the offensive tackle position. Mitchell is just next in a long line of Jets offensive tackles to miss time this season.
Former first-round pick Mekhi Becton was placed on the injured reserve before the start of the season, while roster longshot Greg Senat landed on the NFI list.
The team then lost veteran Duane Brown, signed as Becton's replacement, to the injured reserve after only a handful of practices with the team. Fant started the first three games of the season before landing on the IR with a knee injury. He would miss six games before returning last week.
Mitchell, who stepped in and started at right tackle to begin the year, injured his knee in Week 4 and played just two games in his return before being ruled out for the season.
Even Cedric Ogbeuhi, who was signed as a last-ditch depth addition and started four games at right tackle, is now on the injured reserve after suffering a groin injury in Week 12.
Then there's Alijah Vera-Tucker, the converted guard who exceeded any and all expectations when asked to play both offensive tackle spots this season. He was the Jets' best offensive line prior to a triceps injury that landed him on the IR for the season.
Becton, Brown, Fant, Vera-Tucker, Mitchell, Ogbuehi, and Senat have all spent time on reserve lists this season. That's seven players at one position.
The Jets hope that Fant will be able to start at right tackle this week. If not, veteran Mike Remmers, signed a few weeks ago along with Ogbuehi, will step in as the starter opposite Brown.
The revolving door of Jets offensive tackles continues.