By Tyson Rauch
On Sunday, the New York Jets will be without tight end Jace Amaro as the rookie has yet to fully recover from concussion symptoms. Amaro, who will be missing his second game in a row, is second on the team with 34 catches and will be replaced by a platoon of Zach Sudfeld and Chris Pantale.
A look at the future
Jace Amaro’s injury could be a blessing in disguise as Gang Green can take a look at both Pantale and Sudfeld with an eye on next season. Sudfeld has tremendous size and athletic ability, but needs to work on his consistency in terms of route running and securing the football. Pantale is a complete tight end that has shown the ability to block along with solid receiving skills.
Salas out for the year
Wide receiver Greg Salas has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. This is an unfortunate break for Salas, as the fourth year receiver has been battling injuries for most of the season. The Jets have called up Chris Owusu to fill Greg’s roster spot and will most likely platoon several players, including Walter Powell and T.J. Graham, at the fourth and fifth wide receiver positions.
Folk ready to go
It appears that New York Jets kicker Nick Folk will play on Sunday as he made it through practice on Friday. Folk injured his hip against the Dolphins on Monday night, which created some concern regarding his availability with a short week of recovery time.
Considering the nature of the injury, do not be surprised to see Rex Ryan limit Nick Folk’s opportunities on Sunday, especially with potential kicks over 40 yards.
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe)
TE Jace Amaro (concussion)
G Willie Colon (shoulder)
RB Chris Johnson (knee)
K Nick Folk (hip)
WR Jeremy Kerley (illness)
TE Jeff Cumberland (illness)
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Tyson Rauch is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.