Thu Nov 19 4:44pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer
In this Oct. 25, 2020, file photo, New York Jets cornerback Brian Poole (34) chases a play during an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets' suddenly thin and inexperienced secondary took another big hit. Veteran cornerback Brian Poole is having surgery on his injured shoulder, and coach Adam Gase confirmed Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, the he will be out the rest of the year. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets' suddenly thin and inexperienced secondary took another big hit.
Veteran cornerback Brian Poole is having surgery on his injured shoulder, and coach Adam Gase confirmed Thursday that Poole will be out the rest of the year.
Poole, in his second season as the Jets' nickel back, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after hurting the shoulder and a knee in New York's last game against New England on Nov. 9. Gase sounded optimistic about Poole last week, saying there didn't appear to be any structural damage to the shoulder.
''I guess the decision was made for him to have surgery,'' Gase said Thursday.
While the Jets already knew they'd be without Poole for at least a few weeks, they got the news that fellow starting cornerback Bless Austin would miss practice with a neck injury and he was getting an MRI.
''We'll kind of see what's going on there,'' Gase said, uncertain exactly when or how Austin was hurt.
''We weren't in pads (at practice), so I'm not really sure what happened,'' the coach said. ''They just told me this morning that something was going on with his neck.''
If Austin can't play Sunday at Los Angeles against the Chargers, the Jets have just five cornerbacks on the active roster - with three of them rookies. Bryce Hall, a fifth-round pick, made his NFL debut last week after missing the first eight games while recovering from an ankle injury that cut short his college career. Lamar Jackson and Javelin Guidry are the team's other rookie cornerbacks.
The only other players the Jets have at the position are Arthur Maulet, who has played in 28 games and started seven, and Corey Ballantine, who was claimed last week off waivers from the Giants. New York released Quincy Wilson on Nov. 6 and Pierre Desir - who had been a starter - on Tuesday.
''We get real young, real fast,'' Gase said. ''So, we'll figure out. We'll be testing some guys out and see who can do what.''
That might not bode well for the Jets going up against a Chargers team that ranks seventh in the NFL in passing, led by rookie quarterback Justin Herbert.
''It's next man up and the boys got to make some plays,'' linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. ''We've just got to find ways to help them out.''
Gase acknowledged that it's ''all hands on deck'' and the possibility of playing rookie safety Ashtyn Davis at cornerback has been discussed. But, he added that the Jets would like to keep Davis and Marcus Maye at safety as much as they can despite the low numbers at cornerback.
''I mean, a lot would have to happen for him to go play corner,'' Gase said of Davis, who has some experience at the position from his college career at Cal.
It's possible the Jets could start three rookies in the secondary Sunday, with Hall, Davis and either Guidry or Jackson if Maulet doesn't start.
''Let's go, man,'' Gase said, half-kidding. ''You've got Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry to worry about. We'll be good to go.''
Gase didn't rule out bringing back Desir, who had struggled and wasn't expected to play much in the base defense the rest of the way before being cut.
''We'll see what the personnel guys say,'' Gase said.
Ballentine is still acclimating himself to the Jets' defense after being cut by the Giants. He started the first two games this season, but struggled and was benched.
''We saw him as somebody that could maybe contribute on special teams quickly,'' Gase said. ''We might need him to learn corner a little quicker, but that's kind of what we saw as a starting point - a guy, a skill defensive position being able to help on special teams. We're always looking for guys like that.''
NOTES: QB Sam Darnold (shoulder), LB Blake Cashman (hamstrings) and RB Frank Gore (rest) did not practice. ... DE Henry Anderson (knee/ankle), DL Quinnen Williams (hamstring), and WRs Breshad Perriman (shoulder) and Vyncint Smith (groin) were expected to be limited. ... With Darnold out and Joe Flacco starting, fourth-rounder James Morgan is the only other quarterback on the active roster. Mike White, currently on the practice squad, is expected to be promoted as Flacco's backup for the second straight game over Morgan - who has been inactive all season. ''I think we're a ways off from that,'' Gase said when asked if he envisioned Morgan serving as the backup at some point this year. ''To me, that would be tough for me to put him in that position considering he hasn't had preseason games, reps with those groups. That's not something you want to do.''
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 13
The New York Giants placed starting outside linebacker Kyle Fackrell (calf) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday with a calf injury. Fackrell will miss at least the next three games, leaving the Giants very short-handed at the position. He was tied for second on the team with three sacks and was playing close to 100 percent of the defensive snaps before suffering the injury in the Week 12 win over the Bengals. No outside linebacker on the active roster has more than one sack this year. Linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines are also on IR. Jamaal Sheard and rookies Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown could start in Week 13 against the Seahawks, making the New York defense one to avoid for fantasy managers after they were a popular streaming defense against Cincy.
The Denver Broncos activated quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday after all three had PCR tests come back negative on Monday. They will all be eligible to play in Week 13 against the Chiefs. So barring additional team discipline, the Broncos won't be forced to use a practice-squad wide receiver under center against their division rivals. If Lock returns as the starter for this offense, it'll be excellent news for receivers Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler and tight end Noah Fant. Denver will likely be forced to throw often to keep up with the Chiefs high-octane offense, too, but Lock's inconsistency this season keeps him as a low-end QB2. The 24-year-old was 24-for-40 for 254 yards and two interceptions in the first meeting against KC back in Week 7.
The Atlanta Falcons placed wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he left the Week 12 win over the Raiders with a toe injury. In a corresponding move, the team activated receiver Laquon Treadwell from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and added him to the 53-man roster. Zaccheaus popped up for a couple decent games this year, but it his production was inconsistent on a weekly basis and he was too far down the team's receiving depth chart to be a viable fantasy option in most leagues. The second-year wideout's best game came in Week 9 against the Broncos when he had four receptions for 103 yards and his first touchdown of the season. If he doesn't make it back this year, he'll finish with 20 receptions (32 targets) for 274 yards and the one touchdown. Christian Blake and Brandon Powell could see some more playing time as the No. 4 wideout with Zaccheaus out.
Baltimore Ravens running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram II are both eligible to be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Week 12 game against the Steelers on Wednesday, but it's not a given that either will play. Both players have been isolated since testing positive for the virus on Nov. 22 and aren't allowed to fly on the team plane on Tuesday night. At this point, if you have Dobbins or Ingram on your roster, you've likely benched them for other running backs that already played in Week 12. Even if they both play, Gus Edwards could see the majority of backfield touches and will be the best fantasy play of the trio. Those that picked up Edwards in order to start him this week are hoping that neither Dobbins nor Ingram suit up in the tough matchup against the undefeated Steelers.
The Baltimore Ravens activated defensive tackle Brandon Williams, quarterback Trace McSorley, nickelback Tavon Young and cornerback Khalil Dorsey from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. They could activate more players from the list before kickoff against the Steelers on Wednesday. McSorley should be the backup to Robert Griffin III on Wednesday with Lamar Jackson testing positive for COVID-19 and being unavailable this week. The return of Williams will be good news for Baltimore's defensive line, who will again be without Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell. The Ravens Defense is more of a gamble in DFS and season-long leagues against the undefeated Steelers, but inclement weather is expected and could make things tougher on both offenses.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) is 'just kind of beat up,' according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Cook briefly left the Week 12 game against the Carolina Panthers but returned to finish with 83 total yards and 22 touches. He leads the league with 1,385 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns on the season. The Vikings' schedule gets much tougher following the Week 13 home date against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he'll remain a matchup-proof RB1 due to his heavy usage.
San Francisco 49ers DT D.J. Jones, DE Jordan Willis and practice squad TE Daniel Helm will be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and practice Thursday, Dec. 3, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Matt Sokol and DB Jaylen Watkins were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Las Vegas Raiders LB Vic Beasley, PK Dominik Eberle, DE David Irving and DE Chris Smith were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Houston Texans WR Chad Hansen, DT Corey Liuget, WR Steven Mitchell Jr. and WR Damion Ratley were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Terry Godwin, DB Josh Nurse, DT Caraun Reid and PK Aldrick Rosas were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Dallas Cowboys DB Deante Burton, OT Jordan Mills, DB Rashard Robinson and OT William Sweet were named protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Denver Broncos RB LeVante Bellamy, TE Troy Fumagalli, DB Alijah Holder and LB Josh Watson were made protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Cleveland Browns OT Michael Dunn, QB Kyle Lauletta, PK Matthew McCrane and OT Alex Taylor were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Free-agent WR Joe Webb (Lions) is visiting the New York Giants Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Chicago Bears QB Tyler Bray was designated as a protected practice squad player for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Kevin Hogan, WR Stanley Morgan, RB Jacques Patrick and TE Mitchell Wilcox were named as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Buffalo Bills DE Bryan Cox Jr., C Jordan Devey, C Jonotthan Harrison and LB Darron Lee were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller and CB Bradley Roby were officially placed on the Reserve/Suspended list Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Texans also activated DT Andrew Brown from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list.
Arizona Cardinals TE Seth DeValve, DE Michael Dogbe, RB D.J. Foster and WR A.J. Richardson were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.