New York Jets right guard Willie Colon established himself as a quality, veteran starter for the team last season, but they waited until the middle of March to re-sign him to a one-year, $2 million deal after patient (or “slow-moving, depending on your overall feelings about him) GM John Idzik presumably weighed other options before keeping Colon around. I doubt the timing of Colon’s signing had to do with the Jets interest, as it seemed like he wanted to test the market. It wasn’t exactly a good time to test the market, though, and I think the only reason why he didn’t sign sooner is because he had to rehab from a torn biceps injury that he suffered in Week 17 against the rival Miami Dolphins.
Not only is Colon still rehabbing from that biceps injury, but he now has to deal with a knee scope. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Jets head coach Rex Ryan stated that Colon will be “out for a while”. Per Mehta, the injury “just happened”, and hopefully Colon won’t miss too much time in his recovery from both the biceps and knee injuries.
It will be interesting to see why Colon suddenly needs the knee injury, and it’s very much a possiblity that the timetable for recovering from the scope will be before the timetable for the biceps injury. The 31-year-old is a key starter on the inside for the Jets, so we’ll see if he’s able to make it in time to start in Week 1. If not, then second-year pro Brian Winters looks like the front-runner to start after an up-and-down rookie year. Winters is an interesting player, and we’ll see if he could take full advantage of that opportunity if it arises. We don’t know much about Colon’s injuries at this point, so it’s too early to gauge how much time he’ll miss.