By Tyson Rauch
The New York Jets offense is facing a case of good news/bad news when it comes to this week’s injury. Rookie tight end Jace Amaro has been cleared to return on Sunday, while wide receiver Percy Harvin is listed as questionable.
Help at tight end
Amaro’s return will be a significant boost to the tight end position as veteran Jeff Cumberland has been struggling of late. Jace is a legitimate receiving threat that can spread the defense, especially in the middle of the field. In addition, he provides a handy safety valve for quarterback Geno Smith. With such a threat back in this week’s lineup, the Jets ought to be pleased with the amount of time and experience this able rookie will gain in his next three outings. Such significant playing time will only help to bolster his developing abilities and prepare him for even more action in the coming year.
Dilemma for the Jets?
The Jets are in a tough spot with Percy Harvin, as the dynamic receiver is doing everything in his power to overcome his ankle injury. While Harvin’s determination is admirable, is it in the Jets’ best interest to rush him back for what essentially qualifies as a meaningless game? Percy is a vital cog to the New York offense, therefore every precaution should be taken. With him nursing that ankle, the last thing anyone wants is more serious issues to arise from it. The Jets will certainly have to watch his playing time if they make the difficult decision to play him come game time.
If Harvin is unable to play, expect Jeremy Kerley to see an increased role with T.J. Graham and Chris Owusu getting additional reps.
Antonio Allen’s season of frustration continues, as the Jets safety is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a hand injury. Allen has struggled to get back into the safety rotation after his tryout at defensive back, and this injury is a very disappointing setback for the third year player.
If Allen is unable to suit up rookie Calvin Pryor along with Jaiquawn Jarrett will play alongside Dawan Landry in the Jets defensive backfield. At some point the Jets could consider bringing up Rontez Miles from the practice squad to help address the depth at the position.
Mo out again
The New York Jets will be without defensive star Muhammad Wilkerson for the second week in a row due to a toe injury. Wilkerson has been limited in practice leaving a slight hope that the veteran could return prior to season’s end.
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe)
WR Percy Harvin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (hand)
TE Jace Amaro (concussion)
K Nick Folk (hip)
RB Chris Johnson (knee)
LB Trevor Reilly (concussion)
G Willie Colon (knee)
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