The Jets got some favorable injury news earlier in their game against the Bills when Brandon Marshall was able to return. However, if they are going to find a way to steal a victory in Buffalo, they’ll have to do so without a pair of starters, one on each side of the ball.
Manish Mehta for the New York Daily News reports interior linebacker Erin Henderson and left guard James Carpenter will miss the remainder of the game against the Bills. Henderson is out with a calf injury, while Carpenter was lost to a calf.
Carpenter went down in the second quarter on the same play as Marshall. Unlike Marshall, however, Carpenter has been unable to return, replaced by Wes Johnson. For what it’s worth, neither the pass protection nor the ground attack has looked much worse off with the starter gone.
The defense is down a man as well without Henderson. His absence could press 20th-overall draft pick Darron Lee out of Ohio State into action, and while his ascension to starter is in the cards eventually, this would be a tough spot to throw a rookie to the wolves. Veteran Bruce Carter is in the mix as well and could help alleviate the pressure.
The Jets trail 24-20 in the third quarter, so any plans on coming back will have to be made without those two now.