Jets have ’emergency plan’ to exchange banged-up Sam Ficken
The Jets are starting to get back some key injured players, however they may want to interrupt the glass and use their emergency kicker Sunday towards Buffalo.
Sam Ficken, a uncommon shiny spot on the NFL’s lone winless squad, didn’t observe Thursday with a groin problem that popped up the day before today in observe.
If Ficken is unable to play towards the Payments, the Jets would flip to Sergio Castillo, a 29-year-old placekicker/punter hybrid who spent 5 seasons within the Canadian Soccer League and one within the XFL earlier than the Jets signed him to their observe squad final week as contingency towards the COVID-19 testing guidelines.
“That’s why they did it, in case one thing occurred with the protocols and the way a lot time it takes,” Jets coach Adam Gase mentioned earlier than observe Thursday. “If one thing like this occurred [during] the week, we wanted to have somebody accessible to us whether or not it’s each kicking and punting. That is what it’s was for, it was extra pondering COVID, however this was the emergency plan.”
Ficken has linked on 9 of 10 field-goal makes an attempt and all six of his extra-point kicks this season, together with his solely miss a 54-yarder final week towards Miami. Gase mentioned the Jets will reevaluate Ficken’s standing on Friday.
Extensive receiver Jamison Crowder (groin), offensive lineman Alex Lewis (shoulder) and linebacker Tarell Basham (non COVID-related sickness) didn’t observe, however Gase mentioned Crowder’s absence was “simply precautionary.”
Offensive linemen Mekhi Becton (shoulder), George Fant (knee) and Chuma Edoga (calf) have been restricted in observe.
Gase on Wednesday’s commerce of little-used linebacker Jordan Willis and a 2021 seventh-round decide to San Francisco for sixth-rounder in 2022: “There was a possibility there. He’d been inactive for us, so we simply thought it was greatest for him, greatest for us.”