New York Jets HC Rex Ryan told reporters on Wednesday that starting G Willie Colon is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after injuring it during a workout.
“Safe to say it’s going to be a while,” Ryan Said at a Wednesday press conference.
Though Ryan did not provide a specific timetable, this type of injury puts Colon in doubt for the start of the regular season. He faces an especially difficult recovery process, as he is also rehabbing from a torn bicep suffered in last season’s finale.
Colon, 31, was re-signed in March to a one-year deal for $2 million after starting all 16 games in his first season with the Jets in 2013.
The Jets allowed 47 sacks last season, more than all but five teams. Much of this could be attributed to starting a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith, but it is clear that the unit could use some work.
New York will undoubtedly look to get their running game back on track as well, particularly after the addition of RB Chris Johnson.
Colon was slated to start at right guard, but the Jets need to look into the possibility of starting the year without him. The depth chart is littered with inexperienced players behind Colon, with fourth-round pick Dakota Dozier joining 2013 draftees William Campbell and Oday Aboushi as potential replacements.
Pro Football Focus graded Colon as the No. 36 guard out of 81 eligible players.