Florham Park, N.J. - New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles announced Wednesday rookie wide receiver Jalin Marshall has a torn shoulder labrum and will miss "at least" a couple of weeks leaving a valuable roster spot open as a depth receiver and kick returner. After hinting about the possibility of bringing in another wide out, the Jets announced Thursday they have resigned training camp standout Jeremy Ross. CBS' Jason La Canfora was the first to report the signing.
The move corresponds with a banged up receiver corps consisting of Eric Decker and Jalin Marshall. Decker's status remains uncertain for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Decker's ailing shoulder combined with the unpredictability of Brandon Marshall's knee can leave the Jets severely shorthanded come October 2nd.
Ross is considered a versatile receiver and kick returner with tremendous speed. This summer, he spent minicamp and training camp with New York after splitting time with the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders. Ross's departure during the 53-man roster cut down was somewhat surprising as he made a very strong case to be with the team on opening day. He had a strong preseason catching six passes for 89 yards - but - with the emergence of undrafted rookie Jalin Marshall as a kick returner, Ross' services were not needed.
The journeyman wide receiver had the best season of his career in 2013. He averaged close to 30 yards per kick return while returning a kick 98 yards for a touchdown as well as a 58-yard punt for a touchdown.
The Jets also announced Thursday they have placed defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury, signed wide receiver Myles White to the practice squad and terminated the contract of safety Ronald Martin.
In the first three games, Thomas had five tackles while on defense and special teams. White has played in only 19 NFL games catching 16 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown. Martin was claimed off waivers from the Seahawks by the Jets last season and played in eight games for New York.
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