Rex Ryan began his National Football League coaching days as a defensive line coach for the
Baltimore Ravens. In 2005 Ryan was promoted to the defensive coordinator position and in 2008 he was bestowed the honor of being named the Ravens assistant head coach. One of Ryan's key defensive weapons from his days in Baltimore is linebacker Bart Scott.
Scott has been a mainstay for Ryan's defenses every Sunday and in fact has played in 119 straight games,a streak that started in 2004 while he was with the Ravens. Scott followed his coach over to the Jets in 2009 when Ryan accepted the head coaching job in New York.
Scott is in jeopardy of snapping his 119 game streak on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins because of a hyper extended toe, also known as, "turf toe."
"Yeah, it's tough, because I pride myself on showing up for work and putting a day in everyday," Scott told reporters on Thursday. "Not only the work that you put in a game, but also in practice. I pride myself on not really ever missing a practice and showing up and continuing to show my teammates that working hard and being there with them, how important our chemistry is."
The turf toe injury dates back to the Week 3 win in Miami. Scott has not been 100 percent since that game, but has toughed it out.
"It's like losing a thumb on your hand," mentioned Scott his toe injury. "Everything you do comes off of your big toe. "It's just one of those things. I've always prided myself on being able to have a high tolerance to play through things. I just want to show my teammates that I'm willing to bite down and continue and continue to play and do what I can to help us win."
Scott has not had a season to remember since suffering the setback. Scott is listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest with the Dolphins, and with hurricane Sandy making its way up the coast, the Jets may not want to risk further injuring their leader on defense due to of poor conditions. The season is still young and the Jets have a few big games around the corner.
"With a toe injury, it's hard to push off. Basically what you're talking about is turf toe, ligament damage and capsule strains," Scott said. "When you talk about running on your toe that's not all the way in the socket and not loosened, swollen and wearing an extra-large shoe (it's not easy). People have played through it before and it's one of those things. In my family we're not told to complain. We just do what we have to do."
For the season Scott has 31 tackles and has been unable to apply pressure to the quarterback, considering he has zero sacks on the year. October has not been a friendly month for Scott as he has registered just seven tackles in the whole month, including one tackle in the game against the New England Patriots, three tackles against the Indianapolis Colts, and three tackles against the Houston Texans.
Scott will now have to make a major decision on whether he wants to end his consecutive games streak or risk injuring himself further. The Jets defense has already been hit hard by the injury bug, and losing one of their leaders on defense could be crucial in a big division game against the Dolphins.