The New York Jets are hours away from their second preseason game of the 2011 season, as they host the Cincinnati Bengals at the newly renamed MetLife Stadium.
Coming off their 20-16 loss to the Houston Texans last week, the Jets will be at home for the first time since the end of the 2010 season.
While there were a lot of positives from their first preseason game action, the Jets were far from perfect.
This week, the Jets are a little banged up, and they’ll be sitting a couple of key players Sunday night.
Starting right guard Brandon Moore is being held out at Rex Ryan’s discretion as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. It’s possible that he will make his 2011 debut next week against the New York Giants.
Backup quarterback Mark Brunell is out for the second straight week as well, as he injured his calf in practice this past week. Rookie quarterback Greg McElroy will likely see the majority of the snaps again in his place.
Feature back Shonn Greene came down with a skin infection during the week and will be held out as a precaution. He is not expected to miss practice time next week, however.
Second-year back Joe McKnight is listed as probable after recovering from a mild concussion, and he will split carries with veteran LaDainian Tomlinson and rookie Bilal Powell.
Veteran wideout Derrick Mason and defensive lineman Sione Pouha are out with knee injuries, and their status for next week has not yet been determined.
Another defensive lineman, Marcus Dixon, will also sit out with a knee injury.
Veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace will also be out, as well as Robert Turner who is out indefinitely following his broken leg suffered last week. Scott is nursing a leg injury, while Pace is out with a groin injury.
Other than that, the Jets are good to go for Sunday night. All-Pro center Nick Mangold will make his 2011 debut as he plays through a shoulder stinger suffered a few weeks ago.
Game time is at 7:00pm on CBS 2 and 1050 ESPN radio. Go Jets!