The Jets preseason victory over the Atlanta falcons last night came with a cost. Multiple players left with injuries. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, safety Durell Eskridge and running back Daryl Richardson all left the game with symptoms of concussions. Tackle Ben Ijalana suffered an apparent knee injury. Wide receiver Shaq Evans suffered a back injury. Linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin appeared to tweak his ankle and left with a noticeable limp. These injuries by themselves are largely of much more significance to the individual players and their chances of making the Jets roster than to the Jets as a team. Kerley is probably headed for a decent, if reduced, role with the Jets offense. Mauldin has looked good in limited action and may at some point push for significant playing time. The other players injured were likely not destined for major roles with the team. They were, however, mostly still in contention for spots on the 53 man roster. Their injuries complicate matters concerning final cuts and the makeup of the opening day roster, to say nothing of the careers of these players.
Combined with the injuries to quarterback Geno Smith, cornerback Dee Milliner, wide receiver Devin Smith, wide receiver Chris Owusu, tight end Jace Amaro, linebacker Erin Henderson and safety Antonio Allen, the loss of IK Enemkpali in the Geno's jaw fallout, the (phantom?) hamstring injury to defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, the suspension of Oday Aboushi, and the suspension and subsequent legal troubles of Sheldon Richardson, the Jets are dropping like flies. An unusually deep roster by Jets standards is quickly being thinned out.
The end of preseason games can't come soon enough. Any more fake games and the Jets may not be left with enough real NFL talent to compete at the highest level when the scores start to matter.