Tag:Nick Mangold Injury
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 12:45 am

Nick Mangold inactive Sunday with ankle injury

Posted by Will Brinson

Nick Mangold suffered an ankle injury during Week 3's trouncing of the Jaguars and initial indications showed that the Jets center would miss two to three weeks.

But Mangold, one of the toughest guys in football, wanted to get back on the field for Sunday night's game in Baltimore. However, according to Rachel Nichols of ESPN, Mangold's pre-game workout didn't go well enough, and he'll be inactive for Sunday night's game against the Ravens.

Mangold's absence could make for some tough sledding for the Jets offense -- he's the anchor of that line, and Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson have already struggled enough to push the ball between the tackles.

Both have less than a four yards per carry average thus far on the season, and against a viscous Baltimore front seven that ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing at 84 yards per game, it's unlikely that we'll see that average go up.

Especially since Mangold won't be there to help fortify the line. Rookie Colin Baxter will likely get the start, and he's got some big shoes to fill.

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Posted on: September 19, 2011 3:34 pm

Mangold has high ankle sprain, to miss 2-3 weeks?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets rolled over hapless Jacksonville on Sunday 32-3, but everything wasn't cream cheese for Rex Ryan's crew -- center Nick Mangold injured his right ankle during the first quarter and didn't return to the game.

The injury, caused by Jags linebacker Daryl Smith landing on Mangold's leg, has been diagnosed as a high ankle sprain and could sideline Mangold for up to two to three weeks, according to a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Mehta's source tells him Mangold is "definitely out" for Week 3's matchup against the Raiders and that "it could be awhile" before the All-Pro center gets back on the field.

Mangold is renowned for being tough but despite a notoriously high pain threshold (no, really, just search "Mangold" on Twitter) it seems unlikely that the Jets would rush him back.

"You lose a great pro like that for any amount of time, it hurts," one Jets player told CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman.

This is correct -- Mangold keys that offensive line and and now undrafted rookie free agent Colin Baxter will need to step in and fill some very big shoes. Mangold, by the way, hasn't missed a game since he was drafted in 2006.

Given how sloppy the Jets offense looked on Sunday, this isn't the greatest time to be missing the center, either -- the Jets hit the road for the next three weeks to face off against Oakland, the Ravens and the Patriots.

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