The New York Jets have placed injured running back Elijah McGuire on the injured reserve list to make room for newly signed outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu.
McGuire, a second year running back, broke his foot in late July and had surgery to repair it. He was originally expected to be out for three to six weeks; however, the Jets had already conceded he would not be ready for the opening day game on September 10. McGuire now becomes a prime candidate for one of the players designated to return in season from the injured reserve list. If the Jets designate McGuire eligible to return he will miss at least the first eight weeks of the regular season.
This development makes 2018 sixth round selection Trenton Cannon a much more important piece in the Jets backfield, pending further roster moves. If the Jets do not sign any other running back to the roster Cannon becomes the third running back on the depth chart, one injury away from assuming a major role as part of the Jets top two backfield rotation.