Offensive Tackle Damien Woody Out For Season

Right tackle Damien Woody was put on the IR Wednesday morning, suffering from an Achilles injury. There is no doubt that he will not return this season and will undergo surgery today. Rex Ryan said that the injury was sustained on the last drive of the Jets-Colts game on Saturday night. This is a big blow to the Jets, as Woody has been a very stable force on the O-line, both in the run and passing game. The Jets are 4th overall in rushing yards and 8th in the NFL with 28 sacks allowed, just showing how important Damien Woody has been for this team. His replacement is Wayne Hunter, who did start in 3 games this season while Woody was dealing with injury. In those 3 games, QB Mark Sanchez was sacked just once along with the fact that the Jets averaged over 100 yards rushing. Of course, losing a great offensive linesman like Woody is tough, but one weakness of the Patriots is their lack of consistency in pressuring the quarterback. Their sack-leader for the season, Mike Wright (5.5), was placed on the injured reserve. The Jets offensive line will not have to face 2 starting pro-bowl defensive ends like they did last week, which will give Mark Sanchez a little more time to throw. I expect this injury to not cause much of an impact on the game, and I believe Wayne Hunter will play just as well as he has in the last 3 weeks.

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