Florham Park, N.J. – The Jets were able to scrape and claw their way to a big road victory in Atlanta on Monday night, but in the process they lost outside linebacker, and pass-rushing specialist, Antwan Barnes for the rest of the season.
Barnes appeared to have injured his knee in the fourth quarter, the cameras caught a shot of his leg buckling under as he made a move rushing Matt Ryan and saw him limping off to the locker room. We’ve seen that injury so many times recently that, without any type of medical degree, we could all tell there was a good chance it was some sort of season-ending ligament related injury to his knee. Details of the injury have yet to be released, but earlier today the Jets official Twitter account (@nyjets) tweeted, “We have signed LB Ricky Sapp to the active roster and have placed LB Antwan Barnes on Injured Reserve…”
Barnes was among the biggest free-agent signings of the offseason for the Jets, the team desperately wanted to add a speed rusher to come off the outside edge and that’s exactly what Barnes brought to this defense through the first four games, racking up two sacks, four quarterbacks hits and five quarterback hurries.
The decision to re-sign Sapp was an obvious one, although he hasn’t been able to translate his preseason/training camp success into the regular season he will attempt to replicate Barnes’ performance by relying on his speed.
Sapp was the obvious choice to replace Barnes on the roster, but it’s Quinton Coples that will be asked and expected to contribute more to replace Barnes’ production. Coples isn’t nearly as polished a rusher as Barnes and is more power than speed compared to Barnes, but it’s now his obligation to fill the void left by Barnes.
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The Jets official Twitter account also tweeted, “We have also signed Terence Barnes of Georgia Tech to the practice squad and released DT Junior Aumavae from the practice squad.”