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Nutten Retires

August 15th, 2003
The depth on the Jets offensive line took a hit yesterday as veteran T Tom Nutten decided to retire. The depth on the Jets offensive line took a hit yesterday as veteran guard Tom Nutten decided to retire.

Nutten, 32, who the Jets signed as an UFA from the Rams this off-season, has been battling an aggrivating elbow injury all camp. Rather than sticking it out and trying to rehab the injury, he decided to retire.

This leaves a big void in the Jets depth on the offensive line. Veteran Brent Smith, who the Jets signed form the Dolphins this past spring will likely become the starter. Smith has looked great so far but is coming back from two surgically reconstructed knees. Behind Smith the only other veteran backups at the position are Jonathan Goodwin and JP Machado who has been working mainly at center. Look for the Jets to scour the waiver wire for any veterans that may be able to fill the void.

The Jets have also announced the release of OL/LS Patrick Smith. Smith was a rookie FA from Central Oklahoma who was signed by the team last week.

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