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Jets place two players on IR

Jets place Brian Winters and Mike Catapano on IR.

With only two games left in the season, the Jets continue to make roster adjustments as they evaluate talent for the future. Starting right guard Brian Winters (shoulder) and linebacker Mike Catapano (knee) have been placed on injured reserve.

Winters adds to the list of offensive lineman who've been shut down early this season. Ryan Clady, Nick Mangold, and Breno Giaconmini, all have had their seasons cut short due to injury. Winters got back to his natural position at right guard after spending his first two seasons with the Jets on the left side. The 25-year-old has helped the team create running lanes on the interior, but still hasn't reached his apex as a player. He injured his shoulder during the 34-13 Miami loss. Next season he'll come back strong.

Catapano has had a tough year as a backup linebacker. In the offseason he switched positions from defensive end to outside linebacker. He's struggled making the transition especially covering running backs and tight ends. Catapano is a free agent at the end of the year.

These moves have prompted the Jets to promote two players from the practice squad. Defensive lineman Brandin Bryant and offensive tackle Donald Hawkins have been promoted to the active roster.

The Jets also brought back two players from training camp, center Kyle Friend, and tight end Jason Vander Laan. Both rookies were let go during training camp. Friend, undrafted out of Temple, has bounced on and off the practice squad, while Vander Laan continues to adjust to the league, he played quarterback at Ferris State but has since found a new position at tight end.

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