By Danny Cox
The New York Jets are getting into serious desperation mode as they sit at the bottom of the AFC East with a 1-5 record, and Thursday night brings about a huge game against the New England Patriots. They need to win this game to have any chance at the playoffs, but they’re going to have to do it without a few players and others who are a little banged up.
Two players are listed as out for Thursday night and they are speedy wide receiver Greg Salas (wrist/ankle) and rookie linebacker Trevor Reilly (knee). The loss of Reilly will be able to be compensated for as the linebacking corps for the Jets is rather deep, but Salas’ absence could be big.
Wide receiver Eric Decker was limited in practice most of the week with a hamstring injury and Salas has been a good number three for the Jets’ offense this season. Jeremy Kerley is ready to go, but number four David Nelson is also listed as probable with an ankle injury that limited him a bit this past week.
Safety Josh Bush is listed on the Jets’ injury report as doubtful, but the Jets announced late on Wednesday that he was officially released from the team. This happened after the Jets activated linebacker Antwan Barnes from the reserve/PUP list, and that makes him eligible for Thursday night.
Barnes tore his ACL about a year ago and he had two sacks for the Jets before being injured. This is also another reason that the Jets will be able to overcome Reilly being out against the Patriots. Linebacker David Harris was limited in practice all week with a shoulder injury, but he should be ready to play.
A whole host of other players were limited in practice this week and are listed as probable going into the game against New England. Center Nick Mangold practiced more as the week went on, so he will be playing without any issues. The same can be said for tackle Breno Giacomini (low back) and running back Chris Johnson (ankle).
The Jets are looking rather healthy even though they’ve got some bumps and bruises. Everyone playing through some pain and giving it everything they have is going to be necessary as the Jets face the Patriots in a game they need to win to save their season. Losing won’t take them out of the playoff race, but it will make it that much harder.
LB Trevor Reilly – Knee
WR Greg Salas – Wrist/Ankle
S Josh Bush – Quadriceps
TE Jace Amaro – Knee
G Willie Colon – Knee
WR Eric Decker – Hamstring
T Breno Giacomini – Low back
LB David Harris – Shoulder
DL Damon Harrison – Ankle
RB Chris Johnson – Ankle
C Nick Mangold – Shoulder
WR David Nelson – Ankle
CB Darrin Walls – Knee
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.