New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh addressed the media again this morning on November 16 ahead of Week 11 against the New England Patriots.

This time, he came bearing good news about defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins. When news of the veteran starter’s injury first surfaced, it appeared to be a four-week injury, minimum.

After all, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the dislocated elbow could cost Rankins four to six weeks depending on the recovery process. Fortunately, there was no game during the initial week of that injury timeline and based on Saleh’s update this morning, the key defensive piece might just avoid the injured reserve altogether.

Jets ‘Pretty Confident’ About Sheldon Rankins’ Timeline

During the aforementioned press conference, Saleh was asked to provide several injury updates. That included Rankins, who will definitely miss Week 11.

“Rankins has been fantastic, he’s having a really nice season,” Saleh began before getting to his status, “hopefully this injury’s not too long.”

After the reporter followed up about the injured reserve, the Jets HC admitted that he’s “pretty confident” that Rankins will not have to go on IR.

From the start, the Green & White noted that they would wait until after the bye week to decide on Rankins, being that it would not count towards a potential four-game absence. Now, it appears that the Jets’ patience has allowed them to keep their options open at D-tackle.

If this plan from Saleh holds true, one would have to assume that training staff has given the indication that Rankins could return before Week 15 — which is how long an IR stint would sideline him. Even if it’s Week 13 or 14 — more likely considering the injury — that would be an expedited recovery process considering the severity of the initial prognosis.

Robert Saleh Hints at Jets’ Plan to Replace Sheldon Rankins

Hidden in this injury update was a minor “tell” from Saleh, potentially. “It’s next man up mentality,” the Jets HC voiced during the presser. “We’ll see how the week goes with how we utilize it — we’ve been playing plus-two on the D-line, activating 10 [players] anyway. So we’ll figure it out as the week goes.”

At least in terms of Week 11, it’s now too late to sign a replacement. By the time a veteran would join practice officially, it’d be Thursday, and that isn’t enough practice to learn a …read more



Jets Break Silence on Severity of Sheldon Rankins Injury

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