Martin was placed on IR in early October after suffering his second concussion in five weeks. Given that New York clearly isn’t heading for the postseason, Jets management must feel as if Martin is fully recovered from his brain injury. Because he’s already missed eight weeks of action, Martin is eligible to return to the active roster at any time.
Now that he’s back at practice, the Jets have a three-week window during which they must either place Martin on their 53-man roster, or leave him on injured reserve for the rest of the year. Each NFL club is allowed to bring two players back from IR, and Martin will join running back Elijah McGuire as injured Jets who will have been — at the least — designated for return. Other ailing New York players, such as defensive back Doug Middleton or tight end Neal Sterling, will stay on IR for the rest of the 2018 campaign.
If he is able to get back on the field, Martin could potentially aid a Jets pass-rushing unit that ranks bottom-10 in sacks, adjusted sack rate, and pressure rate. Martin, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013, is scheduled to become a free agent next spring.
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