The New York Jets were not able to survive their preseason opener with the Houston Texans without injury, as versatile offensive lineman Rob Turner will be out 8-10 weeks after suffering a broken leg, as reported by Manish Mehta with the New York Daily News. Turner is a utility man on the offensive line, able to fill in at any spot across the front five. Second year running back Joe McKnight may have suffered a concussion.
The Turner injury is tough news for the Jets to take. With Brandon Moore and Nick Mangold out last night, the lack of depth along the offensive line was apparent. The Jets will now be looking for a player capable of playing multiple spots along the offensive line.
One option the Jets should explore is Damien Woody. Woody was still considering playing this season if the Jets wanted him back, and he can play all five positions along the offensive line. He has started a career as an analyst with ESPN, but a shot at another Super Bowl with Rex Ryan and the Jets may be enough to bring him out of the studio and put him back in pads.
If not, the Jets will be scrambling to find someone to fill Turner's role. Shaun O'Hara, recently cut by the New York Giants, could be a potential replacement.
Joe McKnight's injury has only been called a head injury thus far. If he does have a concussion, that will put him out of action for a period of time, opening the door for Bilal Powell to get more reps at running back. Last night Powell showed that he can challenge for the job as the third running back, and now he may be forced into the role.
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