Lorenzo Mauldin ready to make Jets return

Lorenzo Mauldin will play for the Jets Sunday afternoon

FLORHAM PARK: Lorenzo Mauldin is ready to put one of the more frightening moments of his young 22-year-old life behind him. 

The best way to do that? Suit up and play football again. 

Two weeks after taking a scary fall against the Cleveland Browns that resulted in a concussion and stay at a local hospital, Mauldin will play for the Jets this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The pass-rushing outside linebacker is expected to see the field quite a bit, too, especially with the only other reserve, Trevor Reilly, out with a finger injury. 

"I expect to come out and do what I normally do," Mauldin said Friday. "I'm going to come out with a lot of energy and bring speed to the defense. Hopefully I'll make a lot of plays when my number is called." 

Selected in the third round of this year's draft, Mauldin, while raw, is viewed as a player that has a skill set the Jets defense doesn't really possess. While starting outside linebackers Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples are stout against the run, neither is really a pass rusher. During his collegiate career, Mauldin did that quite well. 

In his final two years at Louisville, Mauldin recorded 16.5 sacks and 27 tackles for a loss. He displayed the ability to have similar success on the pro level during the preseason, which was one of the reasons the Jets decided to part ways with Jason Babin. The move opened the door for Mauldin to see more playing time. 

But all of that was put on hold when Mauldin was injured against Cleveland. Rushing Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, Mauldin lowered his head to make a tackle, then, well, as he puts it, he doesn't remember anything else. 

Mauldin worked himself to his feet before collapsing to the ground a few steps later. He was carted off the field and rushed to the hospital. 

Earlier this week, Mauldin said it took him a couple days before he fully regained consciousness, and he didn't feel 100 percent until last week. Now that he's ready to play, Mauldin says he won't be thinking about his injury any longer. 

"It's kind of like a loss," Mauldin said. "You don't go into the next game thinking about a loss. You hope to win the next game and prepare for the next game. I'm not going to harp on what happened." 

While there has been no proven direct correlation, Mauldin deals with migraines that make him extremely intolerable to bright lights. This week, he received medical clearance from the league to wear a dark visor. If the visor isn't enough, he also has dark, tinted contact lenses he can put in. 

"It's manageable," Mauldin said. "(The contacts and visor) should work pretty well." 


Other Jets injury notes: 

Receiver Chris Owusu (knee) and linebacker Trevor Reilly (finger) will not play, and cornerback Darrin Walls is doubtful. Receiver Eric Decker (knee), running back Chris Ivory (quad), guard Willie Colon (knee) and cornerback Darrelle Revis (groin) are questionable, and Jets coach Todd Bowles said all will be game-time decisions. 

Defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee), guard James Carpenter (back), cornerback Antonio Cromartie (knee), tackle Breno Giacomini (biceps), safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (shoulder), receiver Devin Smith (ribs) and quarterback Geno Smith are probable. 


Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and Scout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (connor_j_hughes@yahoo.com)

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