Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is reporting that OLB Bryan Thomas has suffered a significant pectoral injury. If true, and if the pectoral is torn, Thomas will likely be out for the season. OLB Garrett McIntyre will likely shift into Thomas' place, with Ricky Sapp in to spell McIntyre. We may see a return of Aaron Maybin as well to shore up the position. If you recall, in his brief time starting over Thomas, McIntyre performed well against the Pittsburgh Steelers, accumulating seven tackles and two sacks. Hopefully McIntyre and the rest of the "young guns" take advantage of this opportunity.
Assuming Thomas is out for the season, this could be the end for the longest-tenured member of the New York Jets. Thomas was selected in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, with the 22nd overall pick. He has long been a solid, reliable member of the Jets, although he has never been a true playmaker, except for one season in 2007 when he had 8.5 sacks.
If this is truly the end of Bryan Thomas, I'll be sad to see him go. He's had his fare share of disappointing and frustrating times, but he's a Jet through and through. He's a good locker room presence on a team that needs more of those. We'll post an update once we receive more information.