The New York Jets will now be without one of their best defensive players, Foley Fatukasi, as he’s been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
According to the New York Post’s Brian Costello, Fatukasi has been placed on the dreaded list courtesy of contact tracing. He’s been in close contact with somebody that has tested positive for the virus.
Fatukasi is being placed on the COVID list because he had a close contact with someone outside the organization. #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) December 17, 2020
Fatukasi, 25, is a monster of an interior defensive lineman. Plugging up holes and stopping the run is what he routinely does on the football field.
Currently ranked eighth among all interior defensive linemen by Pro Football Focus, with a grade of 86.2, Fatukasi’s probable absence will be a tremendous loss for a team looking for its first victory. Considering it’s Thursday, there’s no shot he’ll have ample time to clear the necessary COVID-19 protocols in time for Sunday’s game.
The Jets will enter Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams without their best run-stuffing option, meaning young Quinnen Williams will be looked upon as a guy who’ll need to step it up in that regard.
Big Q is no slouch himself. He currently ranks 12th when defending the run and 19th from an overall IDL perspective (one spot ahead of former Jet Leonard Williams).
The Jets and Rams are scheduled to get things going at 4:05 p.m. ET from Los Angeles this Sunday.
The New York #Jets' lack of pattern matching comes courtesy of Gregg Williams. Obviously, the unit won't change much under Frank Bush, but this is a tremendous example of why not adapting to the idea is a killer. Matching would stop the four verts here. pic.twitter.com/JVqEO8OkUA
— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) December 17, 2020