The update no New York Jets fan wanted to see, recently-signed left tackle Duane Brown is heading to injured reserve.
This transaction was just announced by the Jets earlier today. Brown injured his shoulder in practice this Monday. Head coach Robert Saleh did state when meeting with the media this week that landing on injured reserve was a possibility. One tough loss for the Jets, yet another one before the start of the regular season.
Following the season-ending loss of Mekhi Becton for the second straight year, the Jets were essentially forced into signing Brown. They gave him a fairly substantial contract considering it was late in the summer and knowing his older age. To lose him for an extended amount, not even a month into having Brown on the team, is tough for the Jets, to say the least.
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Brown will miss the first four games for the New York Jets:
Brown is scheduled to miss at least a month and is eligible to return at the earliest in Week 5. The Jets are optimistic that Brown will return then.
As it was confirmed yesterday, the Jets starting offensive tackles for Week 1 will be versatile, reliable veteran George Fant at left tackle and rookie fourth-round pick with potential, Max Mitchell at right tackle.
The two backups for tomorrow’s game will be fourth-year Jet, Conor McDermott, along with second-year player Grant Hermanns. Hermanns is called up from the practice squad for tomorrow. The Jets signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2021. Hermanns spent last year with the Jets on the practice squad.
Already, the Jets’ depth is being tested in a big way.