CORTLAND – See you in September, Sione.
The Jets are being extra careful with the 33-year-old nose tackle and erring on the side of caution as it relates to his return.
Po’uha, who hasn’t practiced since before the team’s Aug. 4 scrimmage, told reporters Wednesday that he likely will miss the rest of the preseason due to a “tight back.” But the nose tackle has no doubt he’ll be ready for the regular-season opener against the Bills on Sept. 9.
Head coach Rex Ryan agreed, adding that he’s gotten no indication from doctors or team trainers that Po’uha won’t be ready vs. Buffalo.
The 6-3, 325-pound defensive lineman recently went to New York City for to get a second-opinion on his back. Though he didn’t say outright that the MRI results on his back were negative, Po’uha indicated that the doctors didn’t find anything.
Though the Jets nose tackle technically is “day-to-day,” he said the plan is to keep him on the sidelines until their regular-season opener against Buffalo. Po’uha has been sidelined for almost the entire month, after suffering a gash on his forehead, which required stitches. But since then, he’s been noticeably absent from practice because of his back.
The defensive lineman solved the mystery today, telling reporters that he’s been spending time in the swimming pool to loosen up his back.
“It’s one of those little hiccups,” Po’uha said of his injuries, before squatting again to stretch out his back.
Despite the tightness and constant need to stretch, the nose tackle said he’s not worried about his back being a prolonged issue this season.