Losing safety Lamarcus Joyner for the season is not the most shocking injury report of the week, but it will have a significant impact on the Jets’ defense.
Lamarcus Joyner suffered an injury to his elbow and left Sunday’s defeat in Carolina. Joyner will be out for the remainder of the year after finding out that he tore his triceps.
Before getting hurt against the Panthers on Sunday, Joyner had only played nine snaps. Sheldrick Redwine, Adrian Colbert, and Jarrod Wilson have all been mentioned by head coach Robert Saleh as potential fill-ins for the safety on Sunday against the Patriots, despite his refusal to announce the player’s immediate replacement.
However, Joyner’s absence will go beyond the playing field. Jeff Ulbrich, the defensive coordinator, emphasized the kind of veteran presence Joyner provided behind the scenes leading up to the regular season, something that New York’s younger defensive backs won’t be able to take advantage of going forward.
Since each of the three options Saleh listed has prior NFL experience, Maye is confident that it will be simpler to work with whoever steps in for Joyner (out of those three names). The Jets’ cornerback situation is different because there are much more rookies on the Yankees team.