Aug 1, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets guard Willie Colon (66) during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Willie Colon needs knee scope


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.

Tags: Injury Report New York Jets Rex Ryan Willie Colon

  • Paul Newbold

    This is the problem with the “Idzik Plan”! Signing guys after a long list of injuries, and gambling that they can get healthy and contribute. Yes its a cheap way, or as Idzik says a “value” way of accumulating talent, but when things happen, the moves are exposed for what they are…wishful thinking! Signing the likes of Ford, Patterson and Vick and expecting them to stay healthy through 16 games is just plain risky! Then you have Colon coming off a serious injury. and Johnson who’s injury was less serious, but none the less involving his legs. If these type signings reap rewards, you’re viewed as a genius! Beware though Mr. Idzik, because when they fail, you look like a total moron!! I’m hoping Colon can recover quickly, and the rest can stay healthy, because many of these signings are being depended on to contribute in a big way this season!!

  • AC

    This could not be worse news. Now we have no interior lineman except for an aging Nick Mangold. Geno will continue to face pressure up the middle, right in his grill, and have no time to actually make some throws. If Colon can’t start week 1 and we don’t fill the inside gaps with proficient lineman, expect another long, painful season, no matter if its Geno or Vick at QB.