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LIer Mike Catapano will start Sunday if Jordan Jenkins can’t play

New York Jets defensive end Mike Catapano speaks

New York Jets defensive end Mike Catapano speaks with a reporter during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Long Island’s Mike Catapano will get the call Sunday if Jordan Jenkins still is unable to play, defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said Thursday.

Jenkins, who did not practice, suffered a calf strain Aug. 22 during an 11-on-11, and though the injury is not believed to be serious, Todd Bowles acknowledged there’s a chance the outside linebacker will be a no-go against the Bengals. Bowles has not ruled him out.

If Jenkins can’t play, that means Catapano, a Bayville native who played for Chaminade, will earn his first NFL start in his fourth season in the league.

“Catapano came in when we got him last year and he’s the kind of guy that just kept flashing and flashing and done a real ly good, solid job,” Rodgers said.

Rotation at right tackle

Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said it is possible to rotate the two options at right tackle and still be successful. “It’s ideal to have one guy, but if two guys are good players and you keep them fresh, then sometimes I’ve had it work before,” Gailey said.

The Jets placed starting right tackle Breno Giacomini on the PUP list Saturday, setting off a tight competition between Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale. Bowles said a final decision could go down to Saturday.

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WR Brandon Marshall (hip) participated in a full practice after being limited Wednesday. MLB David Harris (shoulder), LB Bruce Carter and DE Leonard Williams (leg) were limited.


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