NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An incredibly impressive streak may come to an end on Sunday when the Jets host the division-rival Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.
Linebacker Bart Scott, who has played in 116 consecutive football games, is in jeopardy of sitting out on Sunday with a lingering toe injury.
“That injury is a tough one,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “The toe injury — that could have kept him out the last three weeks, it really could have. But he’s that kind of guy, he’s going to push all the way. And sometimes we got to look at it, too. Maybe if it’s up to Bart, you know he’s going to play. Maybe we need to look at it and say, ‘You know, with Bart we’ll see how it goes, how it progresses.'”
The 32-year-old’s streak is the fifth longest among active linebackers. The 2006 Pro Bowl selection suffered the injury in Week 3 against Miami, but managed to stay in the game despite the pain.
The ironman missed practice for the second time this week on Thursday, following a performance against New England in which he was a non-factor. In Gang Green’s devastating defeat to the Patriots this past Sunday, the veteran was only on the field for nine snaps, as he struggled to change direction.
“There’s always the possibility that he re-aggravated it or something,” Ryan said. “I don’t believe that to be the case, but he’s sore as heck right now. There’s no question about that.”
Scott, who has apparently been playing with turf toe for the past few weeks, has amassed 31 tackles this season for New York.
Ryan hopes to have the 11th-year player out there for the critical division matchup, but he knows this injury just might be too much for him to overcome.
And he can’t afford to have a liability out on the field.
“Normally I’d like to keep Bart out there, but if he can’t change direction in space like he normally can then we’ve got to do what we think is best for the football team,” Ryan said. “But if Bart’s healthy, Bart will be out there.”
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