With less than a week until the season opener, the New York Jets have done a great job keeping their players healthy and ready for the season. Let’s take a look at the what the injured list should look like for Week 1 vs. Cincinnati Bengals.
Breno Giacomini - The Jets have been tight-lipped about any details of his injury but the right tackle has been sidelined since the end of July with a low back injury. He has called in a muscle strain/spasms and if that was the case it typically takes 6-8 weeks to recover. However, given that he missed the whole preseason, it is likely that the Jets have placed him on the PUP list to give him time to get back into playing condition and boost his endurance/strength needed to play a full game. Given the lack of details about the injury, it is hard to describe his recovery process but it should consist of a lot of strengthening in his core and lower body as well as improving mobility of his hips and the vertebrae in his lower back.
Devin Smith - I addressed his recovery from an ACL tear here at the beginning of the off-season. I predicted that the best case scenario is available for the season opener but realistically having a limited role for the first few weeks. Unfortunately, setbacks have hampered his recovery and the Jets have placed him on the PUP list, thus giving him an extra 6 weeks to get fully healthy before returning to the field.
Bruce Carter - Carter has been showing up on injury reports with an undisclosed injury however ESPN reported that he has a “shoulder injury that bears watching”. No other information has been released.
Jordan Jenkins - A calf injury has been plaguing the linebacker for about a week and a half. Once again, the Jets have not revealed too many details about the injury so it is difficult to expand on his recovery process and predict any time frame for return.
Bryce Petty - The third string quarterback suffered a shoulder injury in the last preseason game at Philadelphia. MRI has shown no structural damage and it is unlikely he will be placed on the IR. Not much information has been revealed otherwise but details should emerge in the upcoming days.
Likely ready for Week 1
Quincy Enunwa - He received a concussion in the second preseason game at Washington. Enunwa has been undergoing the concussion protocol however should be cleared for the home opener per Rotoworld.
David Harris - Harris left the third preseason game vs. the Giants with a shoulder injury. It has been described as a “bad bruise” (as MRI results were negative for any significant damage) and should be ready to play vs. the Bengals.
Brandon Marshall - Marshall has had a hip issue over the last few weeks of the preseason however Coach Bowles has come out saying that there is no concern over the hip injury.