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Jets losing field leader in Mangold

The injured center's intangibles will be hard to replace for Gang Green

Updated: September 23, 2011, 7:11 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- When the New York Jets left for a game in Oakland two years ago, their charter flight was lighter than usual. That's because 360-pound nose tackle Kris Jenkins was left behind, his knee shredded, done for the season.

It was the first significant injury of the Rex Ryan era, and the doom-and-gloom scenarios already were being drawn up. The Jets responded with a 38-0 victory over the Raiders, the first true indication of their trademark resilience.

Adhering ...

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