The New York Jets weren't able to escape last night's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers without injury, as Dustin Keller, David Harris and Josh Baker all went down. Dustin Keller and David Harris are expected to be fine, but the Josh Baker injury is assumed to be serious.
New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller injured his hamstring on the first play from scrimmage after catching a pass from Mark Sanchez. It was a 24-yard reception, and a great way to start the game until Dustin Keller came up lame at the end. The injury wasn't the result of any contact, but forced Keller to go down.
David Harris went down with a sprained ankle. It's not a high ankle sprain and it doesn't appear to be something that will keep him out long. With the Jets defense set to be carrying the team, they need to be at full strength. David Harris is hoping to have a rebound season in the middle of that defense with an improved defensive line in front of him.
Not all of the injury news is good news. Josh Baker was having an impressive training camp until he was up-ended in the end zone trying to make a touchdown grab. It was clear from replays and the way he was helped off the field that the injury is serious. No official word yet, but it would be a surprise if it isn't a long term injury situation for Josh Baker.
It's unclear how the Jets will address their roster if Josh Baker is out for an extended period of time. Josh Baker is the only true h-back on the team, able to play a role as a fullback and a tight end. The Jets have pure fullback John Conner, but lack depth at tight end behind Dustin Keller.
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