Josh Martin’s season likely is over. The Jets placed the starting outside linebacker on injured reserve after he suffered his second concussion in a little more than five weeks on Sunday.
Todd Bowles called it “definitely alarming” on a conference call Monday, but he didn’t indicate that the Jets would be putting Martin on IR.
“He was out about a month the first time it happened and he came right back and another one happened,” Bowles said. “It’s got to be alarming. We’re looking at it, we’re monitoring and we’ll see where it goes from there. But it’s definitely a concern.”
Martin suffered a head injury in the Jets’ third preseason game on Aug. 24. He just cleared protocol Thursday. Martin made his debut in Sunday’s loss to Jacksonville and played only 19 snaps before leaving the game.
He said last week it took so long for him to be cleared because there were some lingering effects. Martin also said it wasn’t his first concussion, so he was being extra cautious himself.
The Jets promoted defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi from the practice squad and signed linebacker Harvey Langi to the practice squad.
Opening things up
The Jets took more shots downfield Sunday than in previous games, but it didn’t work out as they hoped. Rookie Sam Darnold overthrew receivers at least three times on long passes.
“It’s something we talked about,” Bowles said. “We needed to take more shots down the field and try to get some good plays or at least back some people up. That was encouraging. We just got to connect on them.”
On one play, Robby Anderson had a step on All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey down the middle of the field. Darnold threw it about 60 yards but way out of a diving Anderson’s reach.
“It wasn’t as far as I could throw it, I don’t think,” Darnold said. “I put it out there for him. I know that Robby can run. I was just trying to give him a good shot and just trying to make the most accurate pass that I could make, and just threw it a little too long.”
Bowles said receiver Terrelle Pryor, who hurt his groin Thursday, didn’t play much because he was a little sore and because the offense wasn’t on the field long enough to make substitutions . . . Cornerback Rashard Robinson is eligible to return from his four-game suspension. The Jets have until Monday to make a decision and a roster move.