Fant newest Jets OT to hit IR as Wilson nears return

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets left sort out George Fant was positioned on injured reserve Tuesday, their third offensive sort out to land on IR since coaching camp.

The damage could not come at a worse time for the Jets, who’re hoping quarterback Zach Wilson returns to the lineup Sunday in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Wilson begins, his blindside might be protected by a third-string left sort out, almost definitely Conor McDermott, a profession backup.

Fant’s surgically repaired left knee has been bothering him since coaching camp — the process was carried out within the offseason — lastly forcing him to the sideline throughout final Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He’ll miss a minimum of 4 video games.

The Jets have endured a run of rotten luck at sort out.

In August, proper sort out Mekhi Becton went down in apply with a season-ending knee damage that required surgical procedure. They responded by signing former Professional Bowl left sort out Duane Brown to a two-year, $20 million contract, shifting Fant to proper sort out. Brown lasted seven practices and one preseason sport earlier than a critical shoulder damage compelled him to IR.

Brown, 37, is eligible to return subsequent week, though it is hardly a assure he might be able to play. For now, it seems like McDermott and rookie Max Mitchell (three begins) at left and proper sort out, respectively.

On Tuesday, the Jets added reinforcements, signing former Cincinnati Bengals first-round decide Cedric Ogbuehi from the Houston Texans‘ apply squad. He was added to the Jets’ 53-man roster, which means he could be their high backup on Sunday. Ogbuehi has 30 profession begins, however solely 5 during the last 4 seasons. He has been launched by three totally different groups.

Additionally they signed veteran sort out Mike Remmers to the apply squad. He has 90 profession begins, together with two final season for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. He wasn’t with a group within the preseason.

This will not bode effectively for Wilson, who missed three video games as he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgical procedure. Coach Robert Saleh has stated he expects Wilson to be cleared by medical doctors for Sunday’s sport, pending a remaining analysis.

If Wilson is not cleared, the Jets will begin Joe Flacco for the fourth straight week. He is fifth in passing yardage (901), however has led the offense to solely 5 touchdowns and has been sacked 9 occasions. His lack of mobility, coupled with the offensive line points, is not an excellent formulation for the Jets (1-2).

“You are all the way down to your fourth and fifth guys,” Saleh stated of the sort out state of affairs. “At this level within the season, you do not anticipate that. … On the finish of the day, nobody cares. You need to line up, you must play soccer, you must defend the quarterback.

“(Offensive coordinator Mike) LaFleur has received to search out methods to guard the quarterback, no totally different than we did in opposition to Cleveland (in Week 2). I received confidence within the guys that we’ll determine it out.”

Fant, who signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2020, has been probably the most constant linemen, having began at each sort out spots during the last three seasons. Within the remaining yr of his contract, Fant is eligible to return in Week 8.

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