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Jets' Lorenzo Mauldin to miss at least half the season after being placed on IR

Lorenzo Mauldin heads off the field after Jets

Lorenzo Mauldin heads off the field after Jets training camp on Aug. 9, 2017. Credit: James Escher

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets had high hopes for outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, but they won’t get the chance to see him on the field until at least halfway through the season — if at all.

Mauldin missed most of the preseason with a back injury, and the Jets placed him on injured reserve Monday. That means he isn’t allowed to play until at least Week 9 (if he’s designated as one of the Jets’ two short-term IR players). By rule, players on IR can’t be designated for return to practice until six weeks after the start of the regular season and can’t play for at least two weeks after being activated for practice.

Mauldin, who had a combined 6 1⁄2 sacks and one interception in his first two seasons, declined to comment about his injury situation.

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