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Jets RT Battle Could Go To Opening Day

Breno is yet to practice but he's not officially been ruled out for next Sunday's opener.

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

It's very unlikely that Breno Giacomini will play next Sunday against the Bengals. Unable to practice due to an ailing back, Bowles wouldn't go so far as to rule him out, but he also didn't sound too confident either.

Asked if he had an update on Breno and when he'd be able to return to practice, Bowles stated:

I don't have anything long-term. It's just about how he's feeling day-by-day. With the back, you never know. Obviously, if he isn't practicing this week by a certain day, there will probably be a good chance he won't play.

He was immediately asked if the PUP list was possible and Bowles wouldn't rule out the prospect:

There's a chance, checking on the doctors and the trainers, we have to see how he is feeling and what the projected time for him to be back, or when is the drop-dead time for him to be back, as opposed to when he won't be back. We'll weigh that option this week.

Breno's absence has given both Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana a chance to shine. While both players have had their moments, they've also shown their inexperience. Neither player has done enough to lock up that right tackle spot with Bowles stating that the decision on who plays against the Bengal likely being made on the day.

Good question. I still don't have an answer for you. I saw good in both of them. I saw bad in both of them. I saw some things that they can work on. We'll alternate them during the week and we'll probably go right up until game day if Breno (Giacomini) can't play.

Breno has been a huge disappointment since coming over from the Seahawks and many have clamored for his benching. Although I'd warn against getting what you wish for with Qvale and Ijalana waiting in the wings. The offensive line is an area of this team that will need to be seriously addressed going forward.