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Jets waive injured Baker

New York Jets' Josh Baker, left, scores a

New York Jets' Josh Baker, left, scores a touchdown as New York Giants' Corey Webster (23) looks on during the first quarter. (Dec. 24, 2011) Credit: AP

After a promising camp, Josh Baker is done for the season.

The Jets backup fullback/tight end suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's 17-12 loss to Carolina. As of Monday morning, Baker was awaiting the results of an MRI. Then, around 1:30 p.m., his agent, Howard Shatsky, tweeted this:

"The NY Jets r waiving-injured TE Josh Baker, he'll revert 2 their IR List. Josh would like 2 thank the Jets 4 the opportunity they gave him."

The other 31 teams in the league have 24 hours to put in a claim for Baker. If no other teams picks him up, then he reverts back to the Jets injured reservedl list.

News of his injury comes on the first cut of the preseason when NFL teams have until 4 p.m. to trim their roster to 75. Earlier in the day, kicker Josh Baker tweeted that he had been released by the Jets, in favor of incumbent Nick Folk.   

After a 32-yard Mark Sanchez pass to Stephen Hill put the Jets in the red zone with 8:18 left in the second quarter, the Jets quarterback tried to hit Baker in the end zone -- but the he was defenseless against a helmet to his right knee.

Baker's injury was the third of the evening for the Jets: tight end Dustin Keller limped off the field with a hamstring injury after a 24-yard catch on the Jets' first play of the game and later, linebacker David Harris suffered an ankle injury.

Rex Ryan said after the game that he hoped the injuries suffered by Keller and Harris weren't serious. As for Baker's, the coach said: "Shoot, that (didn't) looked good."

Baker, who couldnt put any pressure on his right leg and needed to be helped off the field, tweeted this message to his fans: "Thanks for everyone's prayers. My road has never been easy just another speed bump."

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