When a team has been eliminated from playoff contention, they just hope that all of their players will make it through the final games healthy. Unfortunately, several members of the New York Jets were not so lucky in their season ending win over the Miami Dolphins. Chris Ivory suffered a cracked rib, but fortunately he has no need to worry about his status with the Jets. Kyle Wilson left the game with a knee injury, but it appears he escaped major harm. The player who didn’t, however, was guard Willie Colon, who suffered a torn biceps.
Colon will require surgery, and he is going to be an unrestricted free agent. This is an extremely unfortunate blow to a player who has dealt with several major injuries in recent years, and it likely ends his time with the Jets. Colon was signed to a one year contract this offseason to fill the right guard position, and he proven to be a very solid pickup. Colon has become a leader in the locker room, and he was a very good run blocker all year. He had his typical struggles with penalties, but overall the Jets were very pleased with his performance.
However, the Jets are not going to gamble on starting a 31 year old guard who has suffered major injuries in each of the last four seasons. Colon tore his Achilles’ in 2010 and his triceps in 2011 as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he missed much of last season with a knee problem. The Steelers finally decided to move on, and the Jets were willing to give Colon a chance. It worked out well until Week 17, but Colon’s luck was terrible once again.
There is a chance the Jets could bring Colon back if he progresses well in his rehab, but it will not be as a guaranteed starter. It is unlikely any team would sign Colon for more than depth and competition given his injury history, and he is facing another 1-year, veteran’s minimum contract. The Jets must now also look for a replacement for Colon in addition to some competition for Brian Winters, meaning John Idzik will be very carefully monitoring the guard market this offseason. Injuries are part of the game, but this is still a very unfortunate situation, and it will probably spell the end of Colon’s time in New York.