Sunday, August 22, 2010
Pitoitua suffers season-ending injury
By Rich Cimini
Backup DE Ropati Pitoitua, a promising young player whom the Jets were counting on to provide depth on the defensive line, tore an Achilles' tendon Saturday night and will be lost for the season.
This creates a depth issue for the Jets, who opted not to re-sign veteran DE Marques Douglas, who landed with the Miami Dolphins. Beyond their top four -- Shaun Ellis, Kris Jenkins, Mike DeVito and Sione Pouha -- the Jets have Vernon Gholston, Matt Kroul, Rod Wright, Jason Lamb and Martin Tevaseu.
In other words, they have issues. Did someone say Adalius Thomas? The former New England Patriot and Baltimore Raven, a Rex Ryan favorite from their years in Baltimore, still is looking for a team. Thomas is an outside linebacker, but he has the versatility to play defensive end in certain packages.