Can the Jets bend league rules and keep all four of their quarterbacks by stashing Christian Hackenberg on IR? Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News thinks it’s a good idea. Technically, teams are prohibited from putting healthy players on injured reserve, but the rules for that are rarely enforced and just about every NFL player has a lingering injury. There is precedent for such a move and Mehta notes that Charley Casserly – mentor to GM Mike Maccagnan – has fudged injuries to rookie quarterbacks multiple times throughout his career as an exec.
Here’s more from the AFC East:
- Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been dealing with a sprained MCL, according to a source who spoke with Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Luckily, the injury is not overly serious and Sheard has been given a recovery timetable of 2-4 weeks, though some MCL sprains need 4-6 weeks to heal up. In the wake of the Chandler Jones trade and Rob Ninkovich‘s triceps injury, the Pats are banking on big production from Sheard.
- Dolphins running back Isaiah Pead is making a strong push for a roster spot, ESPN.com’s James Walker writes. The only locks at RB are Jay Ajayi, Arian Foster, and rookie Kenyan Drake, who is currently injured. That leaves Pead in a triple threat match with Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas for one spot and it sounds like Pead may have the edge. Pead has impressed the Dolphins with his work ethic, a pleasant surprise given the reputation he made for himself with the Rams.
- The Jets are one of several teams said to be interested in cornerback Keenan Lewis.
Dallas Robinson contributed to this post.