Seven-time Pro Bowler Zach Thomas will not face the Jets Sunday. Thomas, who racked up 165 tackles to unofficially lead the NFL last season, suffered a concussion against the Cowboys and wasn’t able to practice this week.
"It’ll kind of be going day-to-day," said Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron of the star linebacker. "They got back the MRI and they didn’t see anything on that. They do further tests and so forth, so it’s ongoing, but he’s been ruled out of this game."
Moments earlier, inside the Jets’ locker room today, the Green & White expected a different outcome.
“We’re approaching the game like he’s playing and he’s a great player. He has been a great player for a long time,” said RB Thomas Jones. “We aren’t even looking at it like that. We’re assuming he’s going to play and we are prepared for him.”
Jones was the main media attraction following practice, but Randy Lange also chatted with Adrien Clarke about Thomas.
"We expect 54 to be in there,” said the Jets’ starting LG. “We know he’s a heck of a player and he fights through all injuries and everything, and that’s what we’re expecting to see."
This is a major blow to the Dolphins defense, which was already allowing 178 yards per game on the ground. OLB Channing Crowder will move over to the middle and Derrick Pope now becomes a starter on the outside.
You’d expect Jones to get carries early and often come Sunday afternoon. He averaged only 2.9 yards per rush against the Patriots and the Ravens, but he ran hard and he’s in a good state of mind.
“We have had a really good week of practice. We haven’t done anything different this week than we’ve done the past couple of weeks and training camp,” he said. “It’s the same thing. The defenses we’ve gone up against have played really good against us.”
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