FLORHAM PARK, N.Y.– Jets linebacker Calvin Pace left after the Washington Redskins second offensive play in the second half with an apparent foot injury. The details are still a little gray, where there are a few different scenarios floating around as to how he could have suffered the injury
Some say he landed awkwardly on his right foot during a pass rush from the left edge. Back-up right tackle Stephon Heyer’s hand may have fell on Pace’s foot in the process of attempting a block. While others point to Heyer’s shoulder leading the impact, but not sandwiching Pace’s foot to the ground–which would lead to the assumption of a sprain. Another report is that Heyer dove at his legs for an attempted block.
After the game, head coach Rex Ryan did not know the full extent of the injury, only saying that it was a foot injury and that it’s likely that Pace would be out for a “few” weeks.
A few weeks could mean anything between two and four, as far as I’m concerned. If the injury is on the more serious side, that means the Jets will sorely miss Pace’s team-leading eight sacks from last year against spirited battles with the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots to open the season.
Ryan has already said that Jason Taylor will fill-in for Pace until he is able to return. However don’t be surprised to see oft-maligned former first round pick, Vernon Gholston, step up in Pace’s absence as well. Gholston was plucked from Ohio State three years ago as a physical behemoth with a raw, natural ability. The Jets regrettably tried him at OLB, but this year Ryan has put him down in the three-point stance at DE, with the hopes of utilizing his brute strength. Thus far, he has looked impressive at his natural position, rushing from the edge.
Depth in the Jet’s pass rush is an understatement with a former top-10 pick and a former defensive player of the year waiting on the sidelines. With a glass half-full approach, if the Jets could afford an injury at any position it would be there. When more information surfaces as to the extent of the Calvin Pace injury, the JetsInsider.com will be sure to delivery it.
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