Jets vs. Broncos Week 5 Inactive List: Mecole Hardman and Carl Lawson healthy scratches

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Another week of NFL action for the New York Jets means another week of some surprising healthy scratches for the team as they head to Denver. 

At 1-3, the Jets know they need to produce on both sides of the ball to turn their season around. That being said, as they prepare for their Week 5 contest, they appear to be comfortable and willing to sit several high-priced players. 

Let’s go through the full list here. 

New York Jets Inactive List

RB – Israel Abanikanda

WR- Jason Brownlee

WR – Mecole Hardman

DE – Carl Lawson

CB – DJ Reed

CB – Brandin Echols

LB – Zaire Barnes


  • D.J. Reed and Brandin Echols are recovering from injuries. Reed is dealing with a  concussion and could be back next week while Echols has a hamstring injury.
  • Mecole Hardman and Carl Lawson are two healthy scratches that are quite surprising. Hardman hasn’t had a role in this offense to this point while Lawson has had a slow start to the season due to a back injury he suffered before the year began. Look for both to potentially be moved at the deadline if a role on either side of the ball can’t be found.
  • Abanikanda, Brownlee, and Barnes are rookies who are inactive once again. It doesn’t look like anything will change for any of these players unless injuries happen. 

Denver Broncos Inactive List

CB – Fabian Moreau

RB – Javonte Williams

S – JL Skinner

LB – Thomas Incoom

C – Alex Forsyth

  • Williams is the lone main player on the Broncos offense that won’t be playing Sunday. In his place, Denver could turn to Jaleel McLaughlin for a majority of their carries.
  • Moreau is a quality depth player in the secondary but the Broncos are still looking to move many of their top defensive players after struggling for a few weeks to start the year. 

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