Buzz: Bryan Thomas Out For The Season?
Bent , TheJetsBlog.com
More bad news from Manish Mehta’s twitter feed:
OLB Bryan Thomas, longest tenured Jets player, suffered what appears to be a serious pectoral injury, per source. Further tests coming #nyj
A torn pectoral would usually end a player’s season even if it happened early in the year, so with three games to go it seems likely that this would end Thomas’ season.
While reviewing the film for BGA, coming later today, I actually noticed what appeared to be Thomas suffering this injury as he was battling in the trenches with Eugene Monroe on the play where Quinton Coples came up the middle for a sack. Monroe kind of wrenched him aside and Thomas wheeled away clutching his chest in pain as you can see below:
He left the game and did not return, although he was standing on the sideline without a helmet over the last few minutes.
Manish also unwittingly re-opens the argument of whether Thomas can strictly be considered the longest-tenured Jet when he was released for one week while injured earlier in the year. However, if this is where his Jets career ends, it’s a disappointing end to a career that has had its ups and downs, but has seen him develop into a reliable veteran over the past few seasons.
The final question is what the Jets will do to pick up the slack. While they will probably activate Ricky Sapp, who has been dealing with an ankle issue, the obvious solution is to give Coples more reps and that’s what they did at the end of the game yesterday, to good effect.
I’ll be back with the BGA in a few hours.