Kevin Mawae's streak of 177 consecutive games will end this week as he is done for the year with a torn left triceps muscle. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The injury bug has not been kind to the Jets this season. Among the players the Jets have lost to injury are QB Chad Pennington (torn rotator cuff) and QB Jay Fiedler (shoulder). The Jets added C Kevin Mawae to that list today as head coach Herman Edwards announced that Mawae tore his left triceps in yesterday’s loss to Buffalo and will be placed on injured reserve. The injury occurred in the third quarter when Bills DT Sam Adams fell on Mawae’s arm.
The injury will end Mawae’s streak of 177 consecutive starts, third among active NFL players. The loss is big as Mawae was one of the leaders on and off the field and called out the signals.
Mawae was not made available to the media but Edwards did speak to him. “He’s disappointed for the team,” Edwards said. “He’s a team player and if there was any way he could play-he would do it, but he can’t. He tried; it’s just done. He came back in and he tried, but he couldn’t really push off. He’s not coming back.”
Edwards said the team will decide by Wednesday whether to replace Mawae with Pete Kendall or Jonathan Goodwin. Kendall in his second-year with the Jets has had experience playing center before with Arizona. Goodwin was a 2002 fifth round draft pick by the Jets. Goodwin came in when Mawae was injured yesterday but struggled snapping the ball and did not have good chemistry with QB Vinny Testaverde.
“Offensive line you have to have guys who could play dual positions,” Edwards said. “And we’re fortunate enough to have two guys who could do that.”
Edwards was asked about his reaction to all the injuries the Jets have suffered this season. “You have to deal with it,” Edwards said. “You still have to play with 11 (players). They don’t allow you to have an extra bye. No one feels sorry for you. Coaches tell you that in pregame-tough luck. Then they try to beat your brains out. That’s the way this league is and you know that. No need to sit here and say woe is me.”
If there is a positive to take out of yesterday’s loss, it was that the Jets running game finally got going as RB Curtis Martin rushed for a season-high 148 yards.
While the offensive line was solid at leading the way for Martin, they struggled blocking for Testaverde, allowing five sacks. “That’s the dilemma we’re in a little bit,” Edwards said. “When you’re playing from behind. We’ve been playing from behind a lot, people are going to bring pressure a lot and ability to sack you.”
Besides the offense struggling at times, the defense also did not have a good game, allowing 143 yards rushing to Bills RB Willis McGahee. The defense also had missed tackles in the double digits. Edwards said that was the first time that has happened this season.
The Jets will have their hands full once again when they travel to Atlanta to face Michael Vick and the Falcons next Monday night. Vick returned from an injury yesterday and led the Falcons to a 34-31 victory over New Orleans. The Falcons are 4-2. “We’ve been in loud stadiums before,” Edwards said. “The Rams was loud last year. We got to do a better job communicating. We know how to do that.”
-WR Justin McCareins had five catches for 116 yards yesterday.
-One of the reasons have struggled is because they have been outscored 30-7 in the first quarter. “We don’t have a lot of margin for error,” Edwards said. “We get behind too early in games. We scored seven points in first quarter. We have been behind in every game. Only game we were ahead was Miami...Got to find a way to get spark offensively and defensively to get off the field.”
As mentioned above, C Kevin Mawae is lost for the year with a torn left triceps and will be placed on injured reserve. LB Eric Barton (ankle) is questionable. Edwards said he practiced a little last week and should be ready to play. S Oliver Celestin suffered an injury to the PCL in his left knee and is questionable. CB Ty Law is questionable with back spasms.
-QB Chad Pennington (shoulder): Out
-QB Jay Fiedler (shoulder): Out
-RB Derrick Blaylock (foot): Out
-C Kevin Mawae (tricep): Out
-LB Eric Barton (ankle): Questionable
-S Oliver Celestin (knee-PCL): Questionable
-CB Ty Law (back spasms): Questionable
The team has off today and tomorrow before returning to practice on Wednesday as they prepare for Atlanta on Monday night. Check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest Jets news.