New York Jets Designate Two Players to Return from IR

Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt (91) attempts to get past New York Jets tackle Brent Qvale (79) to rush the quarterback during the third quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets have been decimated by injury, but they’ve got some good news. Brent Qvale and John Franklin-Myers are set to return from IR.

The New York Jets have the most money on IR of any team this year. They’re also tied for the most players on IR of any team in the NFL with 19. Injuries have crushed the Jets this season. That’s especially true at offensive line and linebacker. Well, the Jets are getting two players back who should help that situation.

Brent Qvale has been with the Jets for years. He has been the team’s primary backup tackle for the past three years and he’s gotten some significant playing time. With the Jets suffering injuries to Kelvin Beachum and Chuma Edoga at different points of the season having Qvale would have helped.

Now that he is set to return Qvale will likely join the team as the primary backup offensive lineman. The Jets currently only have one other healthy backup offensive lineman, and Leo Koloamatangi has never played a down in the NFL. It’s easy to see why the Jets haven’t had Koloamatangi active for a single game. With Qvale coming back the Jets know they have at least one offensive lineman on the bench who can provide adequate play if need be.

The Jets are also set to get edge rusher John Franklin-Myers back from IR. Franklin-Myers is in his second year in the NFL, the Jets claimed him off waivers from the Rams after the preseason.

Franklin-Myers flashed during his rookie season. He had two sacks in limited playing time during the regular season but turned it on in the playoffs. Franklin-Myers had a strip-sack in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.

Franklin-Myers picked up an injury in camp and only played in one preseason game. The Rams cut him when preseason ended not wanting to hold a roster spot for a promising but injured situational pass rusher. The Jets jumped on him when he went on waivers.

He has spent the entire season on IR, but he’s finally healthy. The Jets pass rush has been anemic this season, and Franklin-Myers has the potential to help fix that problem.