Florham Park, N.J. — The Jets started their preseason with a 20-16 loss to the Houston Texans last night. That was not the biggest problem they faced though. With the team already being thin at the offensive lineman position and Nick Mangold getting over his recent stinger in practice last week, the injury that Rob Turner suffered was the last thing they needed. According to a source he will miss 8-12 weeks due to surgery but odds are it will be closer to 12.
The offensive lineman who has been a Jet since he entered the leauge in 2007 suffered at first looked to be an ankle injury last night in Houston, but ended up showing as a broken leg on the MRI. Turner started at center in place of Mangold who was back home recovering from his near fatal injury last week in practice. The injury occurred in the first quarter of the game when Texans rookie J.J. Watt rolled up on him from behind after manhandling Vlad Ducasse who looked absolutely out of sync last night, but that is a whole different story.
The 6’4″ 308lb lineman was extremely useful for the Jets in passed seasons. In 2008 he played mostly on special teams but also lined up as a tight end when needed. He proved to be a very versatile player for the team.
With Turner acting as the backup center the team has to start looking to fill the void just in case Mangold goes down with a serious injury. The team has $6.69 million available under the new cap space and even though they have Robby Felix as the other backup center, still look for them to try and make a move.
The problem is, who can they look for? Well with the New York football Giants seemingly falling apart and looking like they have no interest whatsoever in signing players, the recently released center/guard Shaun O’Hara is up for grabs. The Jets have not yet talked with the 34 year old veteran but he has visited with the Miami Dolphins and is looking to sign a deal somewhere. Who knows if he will be willing to be a backup but with the situation the Jets are facing it is alwasys worth a shot.
GM Mike Tannenbaum is always looking to make deals and surprise the fans. Keep your heads up because I would not doubt he has something up his sleeve and already has something in the making to improve the team.
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