Willie Colon to Miss Time Due to Knee Scope
Today, during Rex Ryan’s press conference, he announced that starting right guard Willie Colon needs his knee scoped (arthroscopy surgery). When asked about Colon’s timetable, Ryan responded “Safe to say it’s going to be a while.”
Since Rex couldn’t give us any answers on Colon’s return, I did some research to see if I could find a good estimate on how long he could be out for. According to John Hopkins Sports Medicine, “It typically takes about three weeks to recover fully for routine daily activities, but it may be two or three months before one can comfortably return to sports.”
Two or three months could mean that Colon misses the start of training camp, but if you follow the Jets closely, you know that their medical staff is stellar and won’t take any risks. The only way Colon will see the field is if he is 100% ready to go. The Jets will use the time that Colon misses to split some reps between last year’s fifth round pick Oday Aboushi and this year’s fourth round pick Dakota Dozier. Aboushi played right tackle during his time at the University of Virginia, but many scouts thought he would be able to move to guard. As for Dozier, he is coming from a small school where he is known to be a mauler in the run game, but does need to work on his technique in pass protection, so the reps he will be receiving in Colon’s absence, of course, will be very beneficial.
Many people talk about the WR, CB, and the so-called quarterback competition, but what needs to be talked about more is the lack of depth at the offensive line. The Jets need to figure it out, because if one of the starters misses any amount of time during the season, the Jets will be in some trouble.
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