Tired of sideline shenanigans from low-level Jets assistants? Want a break from Gang Green’s organizational chaos?
Try this on for size: Bulldozing right tackle Damien Woody will definitely miss Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh and may be done for the season after he undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday.
Well, we didn’t promise you good news. Just different. The fact is, there’s just not a lot of good coming out of Rex Ryan’s free-falling, 9-4 club right now.
Woody represents the worst on-field news for the floundering offense. The 12-year veteran was not only a strong pass blocker, but his run-blocking earlier in the season propelled both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene to outstanding performances. But on Sunday, with Wayne Hunter replacing Woody and his partially torn right MCL before the end of the first quarter, the Dolphins stuffed both the ground and air games.
Hunter gave up three of the Dolphins’ six sacks on Mark Sanchez. And the ground game amassed a mere 87 yards, with Tomlinson getting 49 on 19 carries (2.5 yards per carry). That came despite Hunter taking all the first-unit practice snaps the past three weeks while Woody saved his knee for game day.
Now, the anemic Jets need Hunter to step up against the 10-3 AFC North leaders, the NFL’s top-ranked defense against the run.
“It’s a huge blow,” said right guard Brandon Moore, Woody’s blocking partner of the past 45 games.