Jets coach Rex Ryan just announced that starting right tackle Damien Woody has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon near the end of the Jets' 17-16 wild-card playoff win Saturday in Indianapolis. Woody is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery this afternoon, according to the coach.
Woody missed the final three games of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery but worked to make it back for the start of the playoffs. He started and played almost the entire game against Colts defensive end Robert Mathis, but he suffered the Achilles injury on the first play of Jets' final drive and had to come out for the final four plays, including the winning field goal.
"It's tough," Ryan said. "He worked his tail off to get back and did a great job against Mathis. Now, he was going to get ready to play against his old team in New England."
Wayne Hunter, who started in Woody's place in the final three regular-season games replaces Woody again at a time when the Jets know they must run the football well. "I've always said we have the best backup tackle in the league in Wayne Hunter," Ryan said with typical confidence. "We have a lot of confidence in him."