The New York Jets have been beat up front on its offensive line this season. Right guard Brian Winters suffered a concussion in Week 4 against the Seahawks, and center Nick Mangold sustained a knee injury versus the Steelers last week.
Those guys returned Monday against Arizona, but the Jets lost both right tackle Brent Qvale and left guard James Carpenter during the first half.
Qvale went to the locker room with a stinger and is questionable to return. Carpenter slowly walked off the field, but no officially injury has been announced.
The Jets will have to come up with some kind of rally in the second half possibly without these linemen in order to save their season. New York trails Arizona, 14-3, at halftime. Another loss, and the Jets will fall into last place of the AFC East at 1-5. Every other team in the AFC has at least two victories except the Cleveland Browns.
New York’s defense allowed two long runs from Arizona running back David Johnson, but the Jets offense has been stagnate once again. New York had five first downs and just 130 yards in the first half. The Jets didn’t have any turnovers, but they did go 0-for-7 on third down, record just 22 rushing yards and commit eight penalties.
The third-year right tackle went undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent and didn’t make the final roster after his first training camp, but New York added him to the team’s practice squad. The following season, he made the 53-man active roster.
The Seattle Seahawks took Carpenter in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. He came to the Jets in free agency before last season.
At the start of the second half, Carpenter returned to the field, but Qvale had been downgraded to doubtful.