Dexter McDougle to IR

Dexter McDougle has been placed on injured reserve.

McDougle tore his ACL earlier this offseason.

He was a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

There’s been some confusion as to why McDougle and Shaq Evans (who went onto injured reserve yesterday) were able to be added to the IR list without first having to pass through waivers.

As I understand it, both players were simply added to the permanent injured reserve list and will therefore continue to count towards the roster limit for the time being. Other players this offseason have been waived/injured, which means a roster spot is freed up and the player can revert to injured reserve once they’ve cleared waivers. However, this is not without risk and the Panthers lost their rights to their sixth-round draft pick when New England claimed him a couple of weeks ago.

Once we get to August 27th, which is the point at which teams are required to cut down from 90 to 75, non-vested veterans no longer need to pass through waivers to land on injured reserve, so many teams would just wait until that point. However, for the Jets, this is merely a procedural move and these players will no longer count towards the roster limit after that date so that will be two fewer cuts they need to make to get to 75.

In theory, either of these players could be granted a designation to return during the season, but it sounds like both of them are out for several months, so I’d imagine they’ll save that temporary IR designation for someone else with a less serious condition. Since Antwan Barnes has yet to practice, they have the option to leave him on the PUP list and preserve that temporary designation. However, from Rex Ryan’s comments earlier in the day, he may be ready to return soon and this might lead them to want to get him back into practice.




10 comments
GratefulJet
GratefulJet

Losing two draft picks right off the bat is a tough blow for a team trying to rebuild through the draft.  Hope Saunders can get back in the flow quickly.


Need some guys to step up. Pryor looks sick right out of the gate.


j_spikett
j_spikett

an injury prone CB who was a huge reach. that observation was made by many after he was drafted

tw22
tw22

Wow, a week and a half goes by and the team has lost three 2014 draft picks to injury.

harvlis
harvlis

Losing McDougle was a big disappointment for me.  I thought he would work his way to starting corner and team with Pryor to become the "bruise brothers" of our defensive backfield.  Next year, Dexter.  Get yourself in the best shape of your life because, we are going to challenge for it all.

GratefulJet
GratefulJet

@harvlis I really had high hopes for him too.  You could see why the Jets were sold on his attitude and that he was a smart kid with ability.