The Jets have been rolling with a rather ragtag group of receiving options since Santonio Holmes was lost for the season, but things are looking a little better in that department heading into Week Six.
Tight end Dustin Keller and wide receiver Stephen Hill are both listed as probable for Sunday’s game with the Colts after practicing in limited fashion all week. Keller has been sidelined by a hamstring injury for the last four games, robbing Mark Sanchez of a frequent target for his passes. Hill got his rookie year off to a great start with two touchdowns in the opening win over the Bills, but he hasn’t caught another pass since then and missed the last two games with his own hamstring issue.
Getting Keller and Hill back for Sunday won’t fix all the offensive woes for the Jets since those woes originate from just about every corner of the lineup. It should give them a better chance of putting points on the board in a game that they really need to win if they’re going to wind up making anything out of this season other than punchlines.
The news isn’t quite so good on the other side of the ball. Defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis is listed as doubtful, but the Jets have already said he won’t play for the next four to six weeks with a tear in his MCL. That loss will be exacerbated if defensive tackle Sione Pouha, also doubtful with a back injury, doesn’t play as it will leave the leaky Jets run defense with undrafted rookie Damon Harrison and newly signed Daniel Muir in the middle of the line.