The New York Jets raised eyebrows Saturday night when the team announced star receiver Brandon Marshall would be inactive for the team’s third preseason game. While Marshall’s sore hip isn’t deemed as serious, the Jets are much less certain about one of their defensive anchors.
Linebacker David Harris sustained a shoulder injury during the Jets’ 21-20 loss to the crosstown rival Giants. He underwent X-rays at MetLife Stadium Saturday night and is expected to undergo more tests. Coach Todd Bowles said he had “no idea” about Harris’ status.
“I’ll wait for the tests,” Bowles said, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
Harris was injured on the final play of the first half and immediately went to the locker room after getting up slowly. While Harris might not possess the star power of defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson or cornerback Darrelle Revis, he’s the man in the middle on New York’s fearsome front seven and one of the team’s strongest leaders.
“We definitely don’t want to lose Dave,” cornerback Buster Skrine told Cimini. “That’s our defensive leader.”
Harris is also the NFL’s equivalent of an iron man. He’s started all 16 games for the Jets in seven consecutive seasons and hasn’t missed a game since 2008.
The Jets don’t seem concerned about Marshall’s sore hip. But if the “Hitman” can’t play, it could mean trouble for Gang Green.