The Jets provided plenty of drama for Hard Knocks in their third preseason game.
Their backups lost a late lead again, this time to the Redskins. While that should be good for a few Rex Ryan expletives, an injury suffered to one of the team’s starters will have a more lasting impact.
Ryan said after the game that underrated linebacker Calvin Pace will miss “a few weeks” with a foot injury. Jason Taylor could potentially start now in Week One against the Ravens if Pace can’t recover in time.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez also gave a brief scare after taking a big hit at the end of the third quarter. He stayed in the game and threw a touchdown. (The Jets’ second touchdown in 18 possessions for the first team offense.)
“It’s good. I just fell on it, it felt a little funny,” Sanchez said to CBS on the sidelines after he came out, wearing a wrap. “They just wanted to make sure, check me out, they said it was already good. Checked the strength, range of motion and all that, and it’s good.”
Sanchez’s injury doesn’t seem like a cause for concern, but the Jets’ passing game was unimpressive again. The starters went eight drives between scores, and drove for their only touchdown after the Redskins took out their starters.