New York Jets LT Duane Brown out for opener with shoulder injury, could be headed to IR


Stung by injuries in the preseason, the New York Jets will be without left tackle Duane Brown for their opener Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Brown, 37, who signed a two-year, $20 million contract Aug. 15 to replace the injured Mekhi Becton (out for the season), suffered a shoulder injury in Monday's practice and could be headed to injured reserve, according to coach Robert Saleh. The Jets are evaluating test results and soon will make a decision on whether to place Brown on IR, which would sideline him for a minimum of four games. The news comes only two days after the Jets announced that quarterback Zach Wilson will miss at least the first three games as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. Early in training camp, Becton injured his right knee in practice, requiring surgery. EDITOR'S PICKS Jets' Wilson likely out 'til Week 4; Flacco to start 2dRich Cimini Old flames rekindled: Baker vs. the Browns, Russ vs. the Seahawks highlight NFL Week 1 reunions 2dWilliam E. Ricks Brown's injury forces yet another shuffling of the tackle positions, hardly an ideal situation with the opener so close. Right tackle George Fant, who began camp at left tackle, will move back to that position. "Obviously, I'm frustrated," he told reporters Friday. "It's the second time I've had to move the week of a game. I can't control it, but it's obviously a frustrating situation."