FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Adam Gase had considered making changes on the Jets’ underperforming offensive line. Now he may not have a choice.
Left guard Kelechi Osemele injured his shoulder during individual drills in Wednesday’s full-pads practice, and it could be serious. Gase said Osemele is undergoing tests, “making sure it’s not a long-term thing.”
Osemele also has been dealing with a knee issue. “He’s pretty banged up right now,” Gase said.
If Osemele can’t play, Alex Lewis or Tom Compton could face the Eagles on Sunday.
Jonotthan Harrison played some guard last year, but Gase likes him at center. Harrison was slated to be the Jets’ starting center before general manager Joe Douglas convinced Ryan Kalil to come out of retirement. Gase said Harrison has played guard, center and tackle this week, an indication that he’s looking at all different combinations across the line.
“We’re going to work through this all week,” Gase said. “We’re moving guys around. We’re going to see what’s the best five for us for this game.”
Kalil, who could be benched in favor of Harrison, hasn’t been sharp and understands changes are coming. “There’s a lot of capable guys in the room and we keep moving pieces until we figure out the best group to get it done,” he said. “It’s a production-based business, so that’s what we got to do.”
No average Joe
Douglas will return to Philadelphia this weekend to face the team that he helped construct. The Jets hired him in June after a three-year stint as the Eagles’ vice president of pro personnel. He helped assemble the roster that won the Super Bowl two years ago.
“He really has a great eye, a great nose for talent,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said on a conference call. “I really respect everything he’s done for us and what he will do in New York.”
Linebackers C.J. Mosley (groin) and Jordan Jenkins (calf) remain out of practice. It’s unlikely that either will play . . . Quinnen Williams was a limited participant but Gase said he took more reps than Wednesday. Williams is expected to play Sunday. “I can’t wait to get out there and dominate,” the rookie nose tackle said … Receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and kickoff returner Trenton Cannon (hamstring/ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis and could play Sunday.