In the NFL preseason, wins and losses mean nothing.
That does not mean, however, that teams cannot lose.
Starting tight end Dustin Keller and inside linebacker David Harris got dinged up, but their injuries did not appear too serious.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for second-year man Josh Baker.
Baker, a reserve tight end, H-back, fullback and special teamer, suffered a devastating knee injury while he attempted to catch a touchdown pass when a Panthers player’s helmet hit him directly in his right knee.
The results of the MRI have not been confirmed, but the rumors out there are that Baker suffered at least a torn ACL, and he will likely be out for the season and placed on the injured reserve.
(Update: He has indeed been placed on IR.)
It’s an awful blow to the 25-year-old Baker, who had really been coming on of late and looked like he was heading for a bigger role this season after making the team as an undrafted rookie last year.
Baker was pushing John Conner at fullback in training camp, despite limited experience in that role, and he was among the most versatile players on the Jets roster.
The Jets will almost certainly be looking for tight end depth, and as NFL roster cuts come down, they’ll have their chance to grab one off of waivers if needed.
Times like these are when you have to step back and remember that these guys are humans, too.
Get well soon, Josh.
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