The New York Jets lost their second game of the season on Thursday night against the AFC East rival New England Patriots, but they may have lost much more. The team lost arguably their best player, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, to an ankle injury.
While Wilkerson will need to undergo further testing to determine the full extent of his injury, the team is hoping that he can avoid a high ankle sprain.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan discussed Wilkerson’s injury after the game and showed some uncertainty around the level of ankle sprain that Wilkerson had suffered.
“It is an ankle, I believe,” Ryan said, according to quotes that were distributed by the team. “So we will see how he is. Hopefully it is not a high ankle [sprain] because those are rough. But I am hoping that it’s not, but I am not sure yet.”
When Wilkerson was asked about his injury, he refused to give up any details.
“For the details you have to ask coach Rex Ryan,” Wilkerson said.
It’s shaping up to be a long season in New York, so the last thing that they can afford is to lose their top defender.