More bad news for the New York Jets. It was announced that the team will be without one of their key defensive starters: Outside linebacker Quinton Coples. The second year defensive player was only supposed to miss 3-4 weeks due to a hairline fracture of his ankle, but now may need a “medical procedure” that will keep him on the sidelines longer than originally anticipated. The injury comes as a blow to the Jets because at 6’6″ and with his speed and athleticism, Coples was a valuable piece of a defensive unit that wanted to get faster.
The linebacker was hurt late in the second quarter when he swatted a Chad Henne pass and landed awkwardly. Coples limped off the field after the play and was examined by the medical staff on the sideline; and after a few minutes was taken to the locker room.
Coples, the Jets’ sack leader last season with 5.5 sacks primarily at defensive end, will be losing valuable practice time with this injury. The injury comes at a bad time and will be a setback in his development because Coples is learning a new postion—it was clear in the first two preseason games that he’s still not comfortable with the outside linebacker position.