Backup Center Rob Turner Headed to IR

HOUSTON - AUGUST 15: Offensive lineman Robert Turner #75 of the New York Jets is carted off the field after suffering an injury during a pre-season football game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 15, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

To add worse news to the already bad story of TE Jeff Cumberland being out for the season, there are now reports from Manish Mehta and Jenny Vrentas that backup center Rob Turner will be placed on injured reserve. Turner has been sidelined for the past six weeks with a broken fibula. There has not been a corresponding roster move yet, although this is a fair indication that GM Mike Tannenbaum will bring in a veteran offensive line backup.

Although the Jets had hopes that Turner would be able to return midway through the season, his progress has apparently slowed enough that it would not be realistic for him to see any sort of valuable action through the year.

One possible replacement for Turner, and perhaps my choice, would be Shaun O'Hara, the ex-Giant. He is 34 years old and a free agent and although he has certainly lost a stop since his prime, he is still a better option to backup Nick Mangold than C Colin Baxter, who, despite playing fairly well this past weekend, was still a UDFA for good reason. Who would you like to see the Jets sign?

Check out the story from Jenny Vrentas here.

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