Alijah Vera-Tucker, NY Jets, Injury
Alijah Vera-Tucker, New York Jets, Getty Images

Rarely does a team lose its two best players for the season in the same game

The New York Jets received some more devastating news today.

Offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, arguably the team’s best offensive player, tore his triceps in the victory over Denver and will miss the remainder of the season.

This news came mere hours after Breece Hall‘s injury was confirmed as a season-ending torn ACL. The double whammy leaves Jets fans in shock and, no doubt, general manager Joe Douglas scrambling for backup plans.

Saleh said that Cedric Ogbuehi will slot into the starting right tackle spot. Ogbuehi replaced Vera-Tucker in Denver and allowed one pressure on 23 pass-rushing snaps, per Pro Football Focus.

When asked about George Fant, who is eligible to come off injured reserve this week, Saleh said that it is highly unlikely that will happen. The Jets are prepared to roll with Ogbuehi.

Regarding Corey Davis, the other injured offensive player for the Jets, Saleh said that he’s not sure if Davis will play Sunday. It was reported earlier that Davis has an MCL sprain.

Saleh also stated that Elijah Moore is back with the team and is expected to play on Sunday.

For a Jets team that surprisingly finds itself at 5-2 and in a possible playoff push, the injury to Vera-Tucker looms as possibly the biggest blow that could have happened. The team has been dodging bullets all year, from Zach Wilson‘s preseason knee injury to several key defensive players leaving games. But until now, despite the rash of longer-term to their offensive tackles, the team had escaped mostly unscathed.

Now, the Jets’ run on protecting their offensive tackle position may have run out. Vera-Tucker has played right guard, left tackle, and right tackle this season, and performed admirably at each position after starting all of last season at left guard. He has already become one of the leaders in the Jets’ locker room in his second season and looks like a perennial Pro Bowler and All-Pro, as the Jets expected when they traded up to take him No. 13 overall in the 2021 draft.

Robert Saleh has preached a “positive vibes only” mentality, but even he seems to have lost his mojo. The Jets will endeavor to continue with their “next man up” approach. It’s difficult to replace an Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl candidate, though.

As I said in the Hall article, this is certainly a trying time for the New York Jets’ souls.

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Rivka Boord has followed the Jets since the age of five. She is known locally for her in-depth knowledge of football. She hopes to empower young women to follow their dreams and join the sports conversation. Boord's background in analytics infuses her articles with unique insights into the state of the Jets' franchise and the NFL as a whole.
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mlesko73
mlesko73
1 month ago

I can’t recall ever feeling so down after a win as I did Sunday (and that was before the AVT news!).
Having watched all of the Jets media segments like One Jets Drive, I (and my son) feel more familiar w/ this team, as people, than I have with any team in the last 40+ yrs. There are so many truly extraordinary guys in this locker room. Breece and AVT definitely stand tall among them.
Joe D has already done some of what he can. I think the Robinson move was nothing short of a magic act. Let’s see if he can pull another trick before the trade deadline for an O-lineman.

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