New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott will not be playing against the Miami Dolphins, according to a tweet from Manish Mehta. The hard-nosed LB has been one of the vocal leaders of this Jets defense, and the proof of his toughness and desire to play stems from the fact that his absence would cut a string of 119 consecutive games in which he has played.
The reason for him being out? A nasty toe injury he sustained last week against the New England Patriots, and the result of that injury was the decision made by Rex Ryan to remove him from the nickel package in that game.
Reggie Bush and the Miami Dolphins will, no doubt, find it easier to run it against the Jets without their vaunted ILB who is one of the league’s best at redirecting runs at the LOS. On the bright side for the Jets, top run-stopping DT Sione Pouha will likely be able to play in this AFC East rivalry game. He was out last week against the Patriots.
Fellow DT Kendrick Ellis is still out, so the Jets run defense will still be at a disadvantage against the Dolphins run defense. However, they are coming off of a game in which they shut down Stevan Ridley and did so against a better run-blocking offensive line in Week 7. The Jets, however, are at their worst against the run when facing explosive backs, as Shane Vereen showed us last week.
Bush fits that role, so the reported loss of Scott will definitely be something to watch for when two of the Patriots rivals square off Sunday.
Rookie Demario Davis will get the start for Scott, who will return in Week 10 likely at full strength with the Jets having their bye week in Week 9.
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