New York Jets first-year head coach Robert Saleh hit the nail on the head this weekend when he said that the “NFL train stops for nobody,” regardless of the adversity a team is facing.
Well, the NFL train barrelled through another station on Monday morning when Saleh disclosed that linebacker Jarrad Davis will be out for approximately two months — or around the Jets’ bye week in Week 6 — after suffering an ankle injury during the Jets’ 23-14 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
Davis was carted to the locker room after hobbling off the field; a clear indication that the injury was not going to be a minor setback.
It was a second sizable blow delivered to the Jets in a matter of days after defensive end Carl Lawson — who put on a clinic during camp after signing a three-year, $45 million deal this offseason — suffered a season-ending ruptured Achilles injury.
Davis was one of the more notable defensive signings made by the Jets this offseason behind Lawson. The 26-year-old spent his first three pro seasons with the Detroit Lions where he accrued 10.5 sacks and 305 combined tackles. The Jets took a chance on him to up his game even further as a contributor to their defense with a one-year, $5.5 million contract where he would slot in at the strong-side spot next to middle linebacker C.J. Mosely.
The Jets don’t boast much proven depth behind Davis — a clear indication considering he started a combined 15 games over the last two seasons. Jamien Sherwood was selected in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Auburn while Camilo Eifler went undrafted out of Illinois.