Jets LB Bryan Thomas out for the year

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Posted Oct 4, 2011
Aaron Wilson


New York Jets outside linebacker Bryan Thomas is out for the year with a damaged left Achilles tendon suffered during the team's 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

“The unfortunate news is about Bryan Thomas being lost for the season with an Achilles injury,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “That’s obviously going to be a huge loss to us.”

Thomas got hurt while locked up with Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher on running back Ray Rice's 52-yard reception.

Josh Mauga and Jamaal Westerman are up for the job. Plus, Aaron Maybin forced a fumble and had a sack.

“I think we’ll have a combination of guys fighting for that job,” Ryan said. “Josh Mauga’s been crosstrained for that. You can use four defensive lineman if you need to. If Westerman steps up and plays that way, maybe it’s him. But I’m not ready to anoint anybody the starter."

Maybin was a bust of a first-round pick with the Buffalo Bills, but he made a big play against Baltimore.

“Forget about what happened in the past. When we had him, he flashed pass-rush ability,” Ryan said. “We were intrigued by him. He never really knew the defense, but when we had the opportunity we brought him back and he did make a couple of nice plays in that game.”

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