The Jets are incredibly thin at inside linebacker with Mosley out. Avery Williamson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.
Backup-turned-starter Neville Hewitt is doubtful and likely to miss his third straight game with knee and neck injuries. The Jets also placed rookie Blake Cashman, who had started five of the last six games, on injured reserve with a torn labrum in a shoulder suffered in practice Wednesday.
With backup Albert McClellan also on IR with a concussion, the likely options at inside linebacker are James Burgess, called up from the practice squad last week; B.J. Bello, signed earlier this week; and Brandon Copeland, normally an outside linebacker.
“It’ll be the next man up, but I’m not going to tell you or Miami,” defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said. “So, just show up for the game on Sunday and see who it is.”
Wide receiver Josh Bellamy (foot/shoulder) and safety Rontez Miles (neck/hip) also won’t play.
Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ankle), nose tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring), tight end Chris Herndon (hamstring) and wide receivers Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/ankle) and Braxton Berrios (hamstring) are all questionable.
The Jets made a few other roster moves Friday, including activating defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd, who returns from a six-game suspension. They also placed running back/kick returner Trenton Cannon on IR, signed outside linebacker Frankie Luvu from the practice squad and signed linebacker Jamey Mosley, C.J.’s younger brother, to the practice squad.
Shepherd was banned by the NFL after he violated the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. A third-round pick last year out of Fort Hays State, Shepherd could see some playing opportunities open with Leonard Williams traded to the Giants earlier this week.
“It feels good to be back,” Shepherd said. “When Coach calls my number, I’ll be in.”
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