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Report: Josh Baker has a torn ACL

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The fact that the Jets can’t invade the end zone in the preseason pales in comparison to an injury that could make it harder to invade end zones in the regular season.

Gone for the year is tight end Josh Baker, who appeared in 11 games last season.  According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Baker emerged from a collision between his knee and Panthers defensive back Josh Norman’s helmet with a torn ACL, at a minimum.

Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano likes to use multiple tight ends, so the Jets will definitely need to replacement him quickly.

Tight end Dustin Keller also exited Sunday night’s game with a hamstring injury.

Though it won’t heal Baker’s injury, the hit should have drawn a flag.  He was in the defenseless posture at the time, which prohibits not only all hits to the defenseless players helmet and neck but all hits to any area of the defenseless player’s body with the helmet.  In this case, Norman put a helmet right into Baker’s knee.

The Jets currently have four other tight ends on the roster, other than Baker and Keller.  If those guys can’t step up, someone else will need to step in.

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23 Responses to “Report: Josh Baker has a torn ACL”
  1. cali49er707 says: Aug 27, 2012 11:03 AM

    I did not see the play but, it sounds like it was dirty!! What a shame!!

  2. christophersimone says: Aug 27, 2012 11:04 AM

    Are there any veteran TEs that the Patriots haven’t already signed still on the market?

  3. tsizzlehotpiss says: Aug 27, 2012 11:04 AM

    Jets are staring an 8-8 record in the face, or perhaps worse. Offensive lines is in shambles, players dropping like flies, and their healthy players are playing very poorly.

  4. areyoudue says: Aug 27, 2012 11:13 AM

    Shame, good hard nosed kid taken out by a cheap shot…

  5. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 27, 2012 11:16 AM

    I seen the hit and immediately knew it was a torn ACL…

  6. clevelandschronic2 says: Aug 27, 2012 11:19 AM

    Nothin dirty bout the hit. It was a shot to the lower thigh/knee nothin more. Cant hit too high or you get fined. Now some people think its a dirty hit cause it was low. Stop crying!!! This isnt flag football(Yet)

  7. kattykathy says: Aug 27, 2012 11:39 AM

    Rex Ryan says they will still win the Super Bowl. He further proclaims that he is the greatest coach ever, and that the league should thank him for blessing the league with his presence.

  8. mancave001 says: Aug 27, 2012 11:53 AM

    Definitely should NOT have been a penalty. It was totally inadvertent. It’s too bad, but it happens.

  9. turk2875 says: Aug 27, 2012 11:58 AM

    I feel bad for the guy, but how should that play have drawn a flag. It wasn’t helmet to helmet, it was helmet to leg which is just about all you can hit these days. The players said it their selves, instead of head and neck injuries, there are going to be more knee and leg injuries cause of the new rules.

  10. kdish87 says: Aug 27, 2012 12:01 PM

    This pic looks just like Hans Moleman, “Man Getting Hit By Football”

  11. lrjets says: Aug 27, 2012 12:06 PM

    kattykathy says:Aug 27, 2012 11:39 AM

    Rex Ryan says they will still win the Super Bowl. He further proclaims that he is the greatest coach ever, and that the league should thank him for blessing the league with his presence.

    You made three comments of which one is true. However it was said over a year ago. Still leaves you with two lies.
    You should add another name to yourself. It doesn’t begin with a “K”, but it has a K sound.

  12. sd1024 says: Aug 27, 2012 12:30 PM

    This wouldnt be news anywhere else but the Jets where the QB’s so desperately depend on TE’s of any shape or size.

  13. tinbender2000 says: Aug 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    If they’re going to go 8-8 they have to get the ball in the end zone. First things first.

  14. joegalvan02 says: Aug 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    im not quite sure how that could be considered a penalty.

    ball was thrown high, all three players went up for the ball… the TE just happened to get flipped over in a weird way.

    what game did you watch?

  15. khuxford says: Aug 27, 2012 12:48 PM

    That’s just stupid, SD1024: when the starting TE goes out with a hamstring injury on ANY TEAM, the backup TE being lost for the season with an ACL tear is going to be news.

  16. khuxford says: Aug 27, 2012 12:59 PM

    I don’t know what game you were watching, but the CB wasn’t going for the ball when his helmet hit Baker on the knee. Not saying it was a penalty, though.

  17. onlysane1intheroom says: Aug 27, 2012 1:13 PM

    Cringed when I saw the hit, because it didn’t look good (looked friggen painful, to be honest)…but in no way was it a dirty hit.

  18. styx630 says: Aug 27, 2012 1:18 PM

    Hopefully Keller’s hamstring injury isn’t too serious.

  19. jeff4life says: Aug 27, 2012 2:26 PM

    That was a clean hit Mike, I couldnt see anything wrong with in the least, I feel bad for Baker but it was clean.

  20. jetsfaninjersey says: Aug 27, 2012 4:01 PM

    It doesn’t matter..clean or not it still happened. but sad…because as previously stated…he is a hard working, hard nosed football player… He will be back ..guys like him do not know how to quit or give up…

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 27, 2012 4:43 PM

    Wasn’t dirty, and Norman had no way of knowing that he didn’t catch the ball. Although I wouldn’t have been diving at the man’s leg.

    However, if he hit him higher, it would have drawn a flag AND a penalty. Defensive players can’t win in Goodell’s NFL.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 27, 2012 4:43 PM

    *flag AND a fine.

  23. ghjjf says: Aug 27, 2012 9:06 PM

    The rules will soon be changed to reflect this hit:

    No tackling above the chest
    No tackling below the waist

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