The NY Jets are set to take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this Sunday, and traveling with the team to Wisconsin will be two notable defensive players set to make their returns.
In fact, for one of the players, it will mark their Jets debut and their first regular-season NFL game in almost two years.
Linebacker Quincy Williams is set to return after a two-week absence caused by an ankle injury. It's a remarkable recovery for a player who was quite literally carted off the field in an air cast some 14 days ago.
Meanwhile, the Jets officially activated defensive end Vinny Curry from the injured reserve on Saturday and the veteran pass rusher is set to finally return to the gridiron.
For Curry, this will be the culmination of an exceptional rehab period that he was forced to endure after complications arose from a spleen removal last summer.
The NY Jets are excited to have Quincy Williams and Vinny Curry back in Week 6
Williams went down with an ankle injury during the Jets' Week 3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last month. The initial fear was that Williams had suffered a serious injury, one that possibly could have sidelined him for the season.
Instead, it turned out to be nothing more than an ankle sprain. Williams even returned ahead of schedule. In his absence, veteran linebacker Kwon Alexander has shined, and he could make a strong case to keep his role, even with Williams back in the fold.
Either way, having three capable linebackers instead of two is always a good thing.
As for Curry, the 34-year-old New Jersey native opted to fight back from a rare blood disorder rather than retire, and his entire journey back will culminate this Sunday in Green Bay.
Jermaine Johnson's absence will allow the Jets to insert Curry into the rotation rather seamlessly, but it will be interesting to see how everything shakes out upon Johnson's return. For now, the Jets will continue to utilize a 10-man defensive line rotation with Curry taking the spot of Johnson.
Whatever the case, the returns of Quincy Williams and Vinny Curry should only help to provide a boost to the defense heading into Week 6.