FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have placed backup defensive end Ropati Pitoitua on injured reserve, ending his season, with a torn left Achilles’ tendon.
Pitoitua, in his third season with the Jets, was injured during the first half of New York’s 9-3 preseason victory at Carolina on Saturday night. The former Washington State star was expected to fill in at various spots on the defensive line.
Nose tackle Kris Jenkins was caught by television cameras carrying the 6-foot-8, 310-pound Pitoitua over his shoulder after the injury and putting him on the cart on the sideline.
Pitoitua had six tackles in eight games last season after spending 2008 on the Jets’ practice squad.
The Jets made no immediate corresponding roster move.
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