The New York Jets have placed center Ryan Kalil on the injured reserve list. The move ends Kalil’s season, and in all likelihood his NFL career.
Ryan Kalil, a former Pro Bowl center with the Carolina Panthers, was signed out of retirement by the Jets in the off season this year. He was a weak link in a weak Jets offensive line, and never came close to the form that made him such an effective player with the Panthers. Kalil was one of two former Pro Bowl offensive linemen signed by the Jets in the off season, along with guard Kelechi Osemele. Neither was effective, and both ended up with season ending injuries, as did veteran Jets guard Brian Winters. The ineffectiveness of recent acquisitions on the offensive line along with their injuries contributed heavily to what has been a bottom of the barrel Jets offensive line in 2019.
The loss of Kalil for the season brings to eight the number of Jets starters lost for the season, including five on the offensive side of the ball. In addition, there are only three defensive starters and three offensive starters on the team that have played in all nine games this year. It has been that kind of year for the Jets on the injury front, one of many reasons the Jets have played so poorly this year.
With Kalil’s season ending injury Jonotthan Harrison becomes the Jets starter at center for the remainder of the season, or at least for as long as he remains healthy.