Here’s some news on rookie tackle Oday Aboushi, who has been inactive over the first two games of the season.
Ryan said reserve OT Oday Aboushi hurt his knee in practice today. Severity will be determined tomorrow.—
Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) September 19, 2013
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comIf the Jets’ plan for Aboushi, who struggled in preseason, was to leave him on the inactive list all season to avoid exposing him to waivers, then it might not be the worst thing in the world for him to end up on injured reserve. That would free up a roster spot, but also would mean he’s no longer allowed to practice or play this season as the Jets have already used their “designated for return” slot on Mark Sanchez. If placed on injured reserve, Aboushi would be able to remain with the team and attend meetings.
Hopefully the severity of the injury isn’t something that will affect his preparation for next season. It might even just be a minor issue, in which case talk of injured reserve would be premature on my part.
In other injury news, Antonio Cromartie admitted that his hip injury affected him over the first two games, but says he’s now close to 100%. I was asked about that in this week’s BGA Extra and surmised that it might be one explanation for his below-par play (by his standards) so far. If Cromartie can play with the same kind of consistency as last season, that could be an even bigger boost to the defense than the possible return of Quinton Coples, who Rex Ryan said “looked good” in practice today and could play on Sunday if medically cleared to do so.