Sunday, August 29, 2010
Jets: Pace to have foot surgery; Coles cut
By Tim Graham
New York Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace will be out at least as long as the four games he missed last season.
Pace will have foot surgery that reportedly will sideline him four to six weeks. He missed the first four games in 2009 because of a suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
The Jets did all right without Pace. They went 3-1, beating the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans before losing to the New Orleans Saints.
Vernon Gholston replaced Pace in the starting lineup last season. Pace's proxy this time around will be six-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher Jason Taylor.
The Jets' first six opponents this season:
In other Jets news, they released receiver Laveranues Coles and waived receivers Aundrae Allison and Marcus Henry and defensive lineman Rodrique Wright.
Coles is expected to retire. He was brought in to compensate for Santonio Holmes' four-game suspension to start the upcoming season.
Apparently, head coach Rex Ryan couldn't count on Wright after imploring him in last week's "Hard Knocks" episode. Ryan, upon learning defensive lineman Ropati Pitoitua had torn his Achilles tendon against the Carolina Panthers, approached Wright on the sideline.
"Hey, you going to make this [expletive] team?" Ryan said to Wright. "This kid just tore his [expletive] Achilles. Or do I need to pick somebody else up?"