Jets rookie defensive lineman Josh Tupou injured his elbow in Saturday night’s loss to the Jaguars, and Chris Ivory fractured a bone in his lower left leg during the fourth quarter and is out for the season, according to multiple reports.
Tupou played last season with the Steelers, but the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Tupou got minimal playing time this season. He made the play of the game on Friday, when he split two Jaguars linemen on a fumble return for a touchdown in Jets pregame warmups.
But the injury to Tupou could push the team’s plans for Steve McLendon and Mike Pennel. They are both free agents after this season, and the Jets don’t seem inclined to sign a free agent defensive lineman, while they see a former player, Woody Johnson, as the replacement for General Manager John Idzik. (Johnson’s on the team’s board of directors.) In the meantime, fellow Jets defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams are “injured.” And neither of those players played Saturday night.
Ivory tore his patellar tendon, and he will undergo surgery. That means he could be back for 2015, but the Browns may not be able to draft a running back with the No. 12 pick in this year’s draft.
Jacksonville plays New York in Week 11 of the season.