Josh Mauga latest Jet to go down for the season

Josh Mauga is seen on the sidelines during Josh Mauga is seen on the sidelines during the first half of a game against the Miami Dolphins. (Jan. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Josh Mauga will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, a source told Newsday.

The linebacker, who is Bart Scott's primary backup and included on sub defensive packages, was injured during Monday night's loss to Houston. The injury comes after Darrelle Revis' season-ending ACL tear, nose tackle Sione Po'uha's nagging back injury and Kenrick Ellis' knee injury, which he suffered late in the game. Rex Ryan said the defensive lineman had an MRI Tuesday, but ruled out an ACL injury. It's likely Ellis suffered an MCL sprain, which could keep him out two weeks.

Nick Mangold (ankle) and receiver Clyde Gates (shoulder) also had MRIs. Ryan later said during an ESPN radio interview that offensive lineman Matt Slauson would start at center if Mangold is out and Vladimir Ducasse at left guard. However, the coach quickly added: "But I'm assuming Nick will be able to go."

 

Rex: Don't blame him

Slauson is taking some heat for his block on Houston's Brian Cushing that resulted in a season-ending ACL injury for the Texans' linebacker. But Ryan said he never would question his players' intent to injure.

"I never saw anything specifically, I was just watching our game tape," the Jets' coach said. "We got rolled up a few times in our game, and sometimes in this game you've got to be fortunate to avoid some injury . . . Obviously he's a tremendous football player and I hate to see any player suffer a serious injury."

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