The New York Jets are mostly healthy entering the 2017 season, as they probably should be. But two players will miss Sunday’s season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
The Jets listed safety Rontez Miles and tight end Jordan Leggett as out for the Week 1 contest against the Bills at New Era Field. Miles has been out since mid-August after breaking the orbital bone in his right eye in two different places during New York’s second preseason game against the Lions. Leggett is out with a knee injury that doesn’t appear to be overly serious. However, coach Todd Bowles wouldn’t confirm whether the rookie would be ready for New York’s Week 2 contest against the Oakland Raiders.
The Jets have plenty of depth at both positions, although the Jets are in a much better place at safety than at tight end. Miles likely would have served a depth role behind rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Leggett might be sorely missed, as the Jets are left with Eric Tomlinson and newcomers Will Tye and Neal Sterling. Keep in mind, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is serving a two-game suspension to begin the 2017 season.
The Bills also have two players listed as out for Sunday’s game, both on defense. Linebacker Tanner Vallejo (knee) and defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (concussion) will be inactive for the game.
Every other player on New York’s roster was a full participant in practice this week. That includes quarterback Bryce Petty, who injured his knee during the third preseason game against the Giants.
It looks as if health won’t be to blame if the Jets fall to 0-1 Sunday.