Throughout the season the New York Jets have been dealing with injuries to players who provide major contributions to the team on a regular basis. This week's season finale is no different as the Jets could be without defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson against the Buffalo Bills. Wilkerson suffered a concussion and a knee injury during last week's loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Wilkerson played every snap on defense and head coach Rex Ryan was surprised by the news.
"That's interesting because obviously, at the end of the game, that was when it happened," Ryan said. "It was kind of news to me that he has a concussion. Hopefully he'll be able to play."
Although the game in Buffalo does not have meaning, it will still be a big loss for the Jets defense if Wilkerson does not play. The Jets have been without star cornerback Darrelle Revis since week three and linebacker Bart Scott has not been playing at full strength due to a turf toe injury.
Wilkerson was drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft out of Temple University. Wilkerson has played strong during his second season in the National Football League. So far, the second year defensive end has registered 66 tackles and five sacks during the 2012 campaign. He has been an aggravation for opposing offenses because of his ability to quickly get in the backfield and disrupt plays.
"That would be a big concern without question because I think Mo's one of the best interior linemen in the league, mentioned Ryan."I'd like for Mo to play but I am concerned with the fact the he can't practice today."
Wilkerson has not practice this week, but the Jets hope he will be ready to suit up on Thursday. Wilkerson will have to overcome both a concussion and knee injury, but he continues to pass numerous tests, which is a good sign for the Jets organization. Ryan said he is not sure which injury is sidelining his star defensive lineman because he is listed with both a concussion and a knee injury.
"Well, it's listed as a concussion and knee on the injury report so I'm not sure," uttered Ryan. "But take your choice, he's not practicing."