Rest easy, Jets fans.
According to a source, veteran linebacker David Harris should be able to play Week 1 against Cincinnati.
Harris was forced to leave Saturday night’s “Snoopy Bowl” game against the Giants right before halftime due to a right shoulder injury. He did not return.
The 10-year veteran underwent an MRI yesterday. Though the prognosis is better than what some initially feared, the key for Harris, 32, is pain tolerance.
Because starters won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale in Philadelphia, he’ll have two weeks off until the Jets’ opener against the Bengals on Sept. 11.
Known best for being the quarterback of the defense, Harris hasn’t missed a start since 2008.
Jets get head start on cuts
With next week’s deadline looming, the Jets began the difficult task of trimming down their roster.
NFL clubs technically have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to cut their rosters from 90 to 75 players, but the Jets began the process by releasing 11 on Sunday, including a 2015 draft pick.
They also placed injured receiver Devin Smith (ACL) on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. That means the former Ohio State standout won’t be eligible to return until after six weeks.
Backup guard Jarvis Harrison was selected in the fifth round of last year’s draft, but didn’t impress the coaching staff in his second year in the league, and was cut.
Kicker Ross Martin had a very good camp, save for a few miscues. But in the end, his performance wasn’t enough to unseat incumbent veteran Nick Folk. Martin, who made a 55-yard field goal against the Giants in Saturday night’s “Snoopy Bowl,” will likely get looks from other teams.
In addition to Harrison and Martin, the following players were released: linebacker Deion Barnes, offensive linemen Jesse Davis and Kyle Friend, defensive linemen Shelby Harris and Helva Matungulu, running backs Lache Seastrunk and Terry Williams, tight end Jason Vander Laan and wide receiver Kyle Williams.
The roster now stands at 78, meaning the Jets will have to make three more cuts before Tuesday’s deadline.
Former Jets WRs on the move
One former Jets draft pick was traded Sunday while another was shown the door.
Slot receiver Jeremy Kerley was traded by the Lions to the 49ers in exchange for offensive lineman Brandon Thomas. Stephen Hill was released outright by the Panthers.
Unlike Hill, Kerley was a fan favorite during his time with the Jets and proved to be a dependable receiver during some lean offensive years. A former fifth-round pick in 2011, he caught 182 passes for 2,225 yards and nine touchdowns during his five seasons with the franchise.
Kerley, 27, signed with the Lions in March following his release from the Jets. But while his football career will continue in the Bay Area, it’s possible Hill’s may be over entirely.
A second-round pick of the Jets in 2012, Hill has failed to live up to his draft-day hype. The Panthers took a chance on him in 2014 after his career tanked with the Jets, but Hill soon suffered a season-ending ACL injury in training camp. The 25-year-old returned to work this offseason but he didn’t flash the same speed that had once set him apart from other receivers.
During his two disappointing seasons with the Jets, Hill had 45 catches for 594 yards and four touchdowns.