Things don't look good for the Jets. After racing out to a 4-1 start, we now find ourselves at 5-5 and in a tie for the 2nd wild card spot. The jets simply have to beat Miami, lose that game and the season could spiral out of control. Win that game and we're back on track and still in the hunt for the play-offs.
Unfortunately the Jets may have to grind out a win without two of their best players. Arguably the best defensive and offensive players on the team. Revis is currently progressing through the NFL's concussion protocol, although Bowles confirmed that he "wasn't feeling any better" on Monday, after leaving the game in Houston in the 3rd quarter. When asked if he was hopeful of having his star receiver back in time for the game against Miami, Bowles wasn't confident:
"Anytime a person gets a concussion you're kind of pessimistic about him the next week," Bowles said. "Some people recover faster than others. We'll just have to wait and see."
Revis is not the only injury concern. Jets All-pro center Nick Mangold had a bad laceration on his right hand that required 6-7 stitches. He left the game in the 2nd quarter and wasn't able to return. Wesley Johnson was a respectable fill-in, but it's obvious he doesn't possess the talent of someone like Mangold.
It's not clear if Mangold could play through the pain this week, but that may not be the problem. Mangold needs to be able to grip the ball to snap it, and with such a serious injury to his hand, that may be a problem.
"We have to see what the pain level looks like this week as far as him being able to snap a ball" - Bowles explained