The Jets made a minor roster move this week, waiving wide receiver Patrick Turner and re-signing him to the practice squad.
To fill his roster spot, the Jets added defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert to the 53-man active roster.
Turner, a second-year player out of USC, has two catches for 26 yards this season in five games with the Jets.
The 6’5 Turner was originally drafted by Miami in 2009 and is a former college teammate of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and rookie running back Joe McKnight.
Turner is perhaps best known for colliding with safety Jim Leonhard in a practice drill a few weeks ago in which Leonhard broke his leg, ending his season.
I must note, however, that Turner was not sent down to the practice squad for poor performance or anything like that. Rather, this move has more to do with Jarron Gilbert than it does Patrick Turner.
Gilbert, a 24-year-old second-year man out of San Jose State University, has been doing extremely well on the practice squad the last few weeks.
Also, according to the Star-Ledger’s Jenny Vrentas, the Jets called up the big defensive lineman because another team tried to sign him off the Jets practice squad, and the Jets did not want to lose him.
On the injury front, the Jets will be without safety Eric Smith (concussion), right tackle Damien Woody (knee), and defensive lineman Trevor Pryce (hip). Pryce’s injury could open up a spot on the 45-man gameday active roster for Gilbert.
Darrelle Revis is listed as probable with a right hamstring injury, but it appears that he was limited in practice today for precautionary reasons more than anything. For the record, that hamstring is not the one that he injured early in the season, and it’s not likely to affect him on gameday. He’s good to go.
Safety James Ihedigbo is questionable with a high ankle sprain and knee injury, but he is probably going to play when it’s all said and done. I wouldn’t expect to see him play more than 15-20 snaps on defense, however. He’s a big part of the goal-line package on defense, as well as special teams.
Brodney Pool will take over the pre-snap reads for the secondary with the injury to Eric Smith, who himself had taken over those duties from Jim Leonhard. I’d expect Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie to help out with these calls. Keep an eye on that on Sunday to see if Ben Roethlisberger can take advantage.
The biggest injury news of the day, however, is the news that Steelers All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu is doubtful with an ankle injury and is not expected to play. Needless to say that would be a HUGE loss for the Steelers secondary. I’m sure everyone on the Jets sideline will be breathing a huge sigh of relief if number 43 isn’t out there.
It’s a big week in the NFL, with a lot of marquee matchups across the board. Check back to Jets Report on Saturday when I’ll preview some of the big games this weekend.