The New York Jets defense has proven itself to be the team’s best chance to do anything significant this season. Well, the unit may have improved a lot more by getting their most important player back on defense. According to ESPN New York, the outside linebacker, Quinton Coples is back, and will get playing time against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.
The second year outside linebacker, and last year’s team sack leader with 5.5 sacks, suffered a hairline fracture in a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars that required surgery, and was expected to miss four to six weeks but his rehab went well and came back earlier than expected — welcome news for Rex Ryan and the Jets.
Of course the linebacker will play a limited role. Rex Ryan had this to say about Coples’ playing time:
“Is he going to play every snap? No, he’s not going to play every snap. I don’t anticipate that, but if he couldn’t run out there and take care of himself and be at or near 100 percent, then he wouldn’t be out there. We feel probable he’s going to play. In other words, he’s playing.”
It’s good news that the Jets’ sack leader is back earlier than expected. And he’s back just in time for the Jets’ challenging schedule ahead of them.