Willie Colon to have knee surgery

Updated: May 28, 2014, 3:20 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

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AP Photo/Paul SpinelliJets guard Willie Colon will undergo a knee procedure, coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Right guard Willie Colon, who signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Jets in March, will have his knee scoped, according to coach Rex Ryan.

"A knee needs to be scoped so he's going to have that," Ryan said. "And so that's just something that just came up. He was really doing well on his rehab and things but that's going to hold him back. We'll see how it goes, but we're not going to throw him out there. We're not playing the Patriots anytime soon, so we got to do what's best for him."

Colon was rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn biceps, and Ryan said he felt something while he was working out. Ryan didn't offer more specifics.

Colon solidified a big spot in the Jets' offensive line, and second-year tackle Oday Aboushi took his place on Wednesday during the club's OTA practice. Last year, Colon worked alongside D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Austin Howard and then-rookie Brian Winters. With Howard signed by the Raiders, the Jets inked Breno Giacomini.

Replacing Colon would be difficult, but it's still early.

Colon offers a lot in terms of leadership as well as his experience in the league, but he hasn't been immune to injury. Colon missed the 2010 season after tearing his Achilles while working out during the offseason.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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