New York Jets defenders C.J. Mosley and Quinnen Williams are officially listed as “out” for Monday Night Football vs. the Cleveland Browns.
While it may not be the New York Jets worst-case scenario (Le’Veon Bell, while questionable, looks like he’s ready to roll), Gregg Williams’s defense will find itself shorthanded in Week 2.
Mosley, 27, is dealing with a groin that was injured in the team’s disheartening 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Sunday. The four-time Pro Bowler exited the game in the fourth quarter. That was the Bills queue to take over the game.
Devin Singletary busted out a few chunks on the ground the very series Mosley left the contest. The duo of Neville Hewitt and Blake Cashman put forth no answers without the team’s defensive signal-caller.
Williams, 21, will be held out of his second professional game due to an ankle. The No. 3 overall pick didn’t factor much into the team’s opening-week loss and will now find himself even further behind due to the injury.
Expect Cashman to receive the start next to Hewitt, which means the Jets inside linebackers are suddenly a great question mark. Inside, Steve McLendon will probably get the call next to Leonard Williams. In sub-packages, (Gregg) Williams has the flexibility to put Henry Anderson alongside Leo inside, but that means another edge rusher will be needed to play opposite Jordan Jenkins.
Jets listed as questionable are Le’Veon Bell (shoulder), Kelvin Beachum (ankle), Demaryius Thomas (hamstring), Braxton Berrios (hamstring), Steve McLendon (hip), Brian Winters (shoulder) and Alex Lewis (shoulder).
Sam Darnold is the third and final player already ruled out.