Patriots - Jets NFL Week 3 injury report: Will Trent Brown and Wes Schweitzer play?
As they prepare for a key divisional battle against the New England Patriots on Sunday, the New York Jets are sweating on the status of three starters.
While injuries are definitely a part of sports, none more so than the NFL, it’s plain to see that this contest could be significantly affected by who’s out and who’s not. With that said, the Jets are definitely coming into this one in worse shape than their opponents and long-time rivals, the Patriots.
Patriots vs Jets: The lay of the land
It only takes a quick look at Friday’s final injury report for the New England Patriots vs New York Jets game to see that it’s the latter of the two teams who are limping into it. With a clutch of players officially ruled out, a few listed as questionable, and a handful who will be game-time decisions, it’s hard not to feel some degree of sympathy given that the Patriots have no players listed as out. This is of special significance when considering both the rivalry and the head-to-head record that exists between the two teams.
If you didn’t know, the Patriots have one of the longest active winning streaks against a single team with 14 consecutive wins over the Jets, something they will be looking to extend this Sunday. With Aaron Rodgers out for the foreseeable future, it’s hard to bet against the idea of that happening, with the Jets now forced to rely on Zach Wilson under center once more. Drafted second overall in 2021, you’d think that Wilson would be ready to fill the void, but sadly that’s not been the case. Indeed, it’s hard to consider the time he’s spent in the NFL so far as anything more than a failure. Consider for a moment that the 24-year-old has seen his completion rate which currently sits at 54.2% drop in each of the three seasons that he’s played. The former BYU player is also leading the NFL in interceptions with 4 which is twice the number of TD’s that he’s thrown. This is before we get to his record against the Patriots, which has seen him go 0-4 while completing 50.9% of his passes to the tune of two touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Ultimately, it’s starting to look like a now-or-never situation for Wilson.
Patriots vs Jets: Who’s in & out?
The Jets are banged up
The Jets have got three players listed as questionable ahead of Sunday’s clash: left tackle Duane Brown, defensive end John Franklin-Myers, and kicker Greg Zuerlein. It’s worth noting that Franklin-Myers and Zuerlein were full participants in practice for the first time this week, while Brown was a DNP for the third day in a row. Where Brown is concerned, Jets’ head coach Robert Saleh said the 38-year-old had his hip examined on Friday after having an issue earlier in the week. “Duane Brown, you guys won’t see him today,” Saleh said. “I still feel good about his availability for Sunday, but he is just getting some things checked out with the doctor.” Having played every snap across the first two games, Brown’s absence would understandably be a blow. “We got plans in place [should Brown be unable to play], unlikely we use them,” said Saleh. As for who is definitively out of the game, the Jets have two players who won’t take the field on Sunday: free safety Tony Adams and offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer who suffered a concussion this week.
The Patriots are in better shape
As mentioned before, the Patriots have no players listed as out and on that note, it’s worth noting that they also have no players listed as doubtful. What they do have are a few that are listed as questionable which we will get to, but one of them is not Trent Brown who was removed from the IR and so too was Devante Parker. Unfortunately, Marcus Jones was. At any rate, it’s not hard to see that the Patriots come into this one in much better health and quite frankly in need of a win. While their above-mentioned record against the Jets is both daunting and motivational, the reality is at 0-2, the Pats are on the verge of starting a season 0-3 for the first time since head coach Bill Belichick took over. Wouldn’t that be something? For a look at the full injury report, keep scrolling.