Saturday, October 27, 2012
Bart Scott's 119-game streak to end
By Rich Cimini
Bart Scott's Ironman streak of 119 consecutive games played will end Sunday.
The New York Jets linebacker, hampered for several weeks by ligament damage in his big toe, will sit out against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium, league sources confirmed.
Both Scott and the Jets had braced for this. He played for only nine defensive snaps during last weekend's loss to the New England Patriots, didn't practice all week and was listed on the injury report as doubtful.
On Thursday, Scott sounded resigned to missing the game, saying, "If we have to shut it down, we shut it down."
The Jets have a bye next week, so Scott will get an extra week to rest before the team faces the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 11. Scott's streak was the fifth-longest for active linebackers.
He will be replaced by rookie Demario Davis, who played most of the snaps last weekend against the Patriots.
The New York Daily News first reported that Scott will miss Sunday's game.
Backup tight end Jeff Cumberland (dislocated wrist) also will sit out Sunday's game. As a result, the Jets signed tight end Hayden Smith, a 27-year-old rookie, from their practice squad. The native Australian, a former rugby star in England, signed with the Jets last spring. Previously, he never had played organized football.
To make room for Smith, the Jets released wide receiver Jason Hill, whom they signed four weeks ago to replace Santonio Holmes (season-ending foot surgery). Hill caught two passes for 15 yards, including a touchdown.
Clyde Gates, healthy after missing two games with a shoulder injury, will be the No. 4 receiver Sunday.