The Browns and Jets will face off this weekend, and they’ll potentially be without two of their biggest defensive stars. On the Browns’ side, CB Joe Haden has been listed as questionable. For the Jets, the same designation goes to DE Muhammad Wilkerson.
They’re hardly alone. The Jets also listed offensive tackle Ryan Clady as questionable, and they listed both LB Darron Lee and LB Bruce Carter as out. On top of that, center Nick Mangold is doubtful, along with CB Buster Skrine, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and OT Brent Qvale.
The odds that Haden plays seem good. As reported by CBS Sports:
“Haden (groin) is considered questionable to play Sunday against the Jets…Haden has been sidelined for three of the Browns’ past five games, but coach Hue Jackson said Thursday he expects to have Cleveland’s top cornerback available Sunday. While that bodes well for Haden suiting up, his status will need to be confirmed in advance of kickoff.”
Wilkerson has been struggling lately, and he’s seen his production drop as the Jets have struggled mightily. He broke his leg at the very end of last year, in the final game, and said there are still lingering effects. He noted that:
“It’s a tendon that’s by the ankle that’s bothering me…It’s a long season, and it’s not just myself out there. It’s not a one-man show. It’s a team sport. And we got a lot of games left to improve.”
When asked if he’d play, he just said: “I can’t tell you that right now.” That was followed by a string of one-word answers, perhaps saying a lot about his mindset.