FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Jets have had good luck on the injury front as of late but the depth they had at cornerback is starting to dry up as Darrin Walls was added to the injury list with a pulled hamstring.
Walls joins Antonio Cromartie as the other cornerback on the injury list and while the Jets are fortunate to have escaped a season-ending injury to Cromartie, and Todd Bowles still won't rule Cromartie out for Monday night, it is still extremely unlikely Cromartie will be able to play and if Walls can't go the Jets will activate Dexter McDougle and have to play with only four corners. Both Walls and Cromartie sat out of practice today.
With Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams as the top three corners going into a game the Jets should feel plenty confiden,t but going up against Andrew Luck and a potent Colts offense Bowles might have to do a lot of extra scheming to make sure the corners they have are enough to keep the Colts in check.
Lorenzo Mauldin is still going through the concussion protocol and while he has been able to sit in on some defensive meetings it still seems unlikely that he will play this week which means you will see more of Trevor Reilly this week as he will fill in for both outside linebacker spots for Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples.
Geno Smith continues to make progress, he was officially listed as limited in practice for the first time since I.K. Enemkpali punched him and broke his jaw, and it seems like he's ahead of schedule to return but it won't be this week that he does and when he does it will be as the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick unless Fitzpatrick falls apart over these next couple of weeks.
As for a player who might work his way off the injury list and actually be able to play this week there are definitely encouraging signs when it comes to rookie receiver Devin Smith. Smith is working his way back from the broken ribs he suffered in training camp but he was listed as a full participant in practice and Bowles said he has been able to practice and take some hits to the rib area to prove he is 100 percent healed.
It appears Devin Smith will be ready physically it'll just be a matter of whether or not Bowles has confidence that Devin Smith has made up enough work in the classroom to be trusted that he knows what he is doing when his number gets called.