By Abby Sims
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The New York Jets are lean, and not in a good way. Excluding Santonio Holmes, who was placed on injured reserve following Week 4 with a Lisfranc injury to his left foot, the Jets have 19 players on their injured list — the most in the NFL.
Listed as out for Week 5, but likely lost for the season with an ACL tear, is Darrelle Revis.
John Conner (hamstring), Stephen Hill (hamstring), Dustin Keller (hamstring), Sione Pouha (back), Bart Scott (toe) and Bryan Thomas (hamstring) are all likely to be watching from the sidelines.
Following only limited practice and listed as questionable are Eric Smith (hip/knee), Aaron Berry (ribs) and LaRon Landry (heel). Look for limited time if they do play.
The Jets’ hamstring woes are clearly hampering them. Muscle strains are injuries that can be nagging. They take more time than is thought to be fully rehabbed and can easily be exacerbated by returning to play too soon. This can result in more time lost than might have been the case had healing been complete before play was resumed.
The 10 players rounding out the Jets’ injury report are all probable for this Sunday, but their injuries remain a factor. Playing hurt, clearly a part of the game, generally hampers performance in some way and may even exacerbate an injury, leading to time lost or further limiting a player’s effectiveness. It also has the potential to result in other injuries due to compensatory mechanisms or an inability to perform with the same speed, agility or strength as when healthy.
Look for a post on Lisfranc fractures and a review of the hamstrings in the coming days.
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