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It's serious for Muhammad Wilkerson

Jets' defections leave 23-year-old DE in charge of Gang's unrecognizable defense

Updated: April 13, 2013, 10:55 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

LINDEN, N.J. -- At first, Muhammad Wilkerson thought the text from Sione Po'uha was a joke.

"You serious?" Wilkerson shot back.

Po'uha wasn't kidding. The emotional leader of the New York Jets' defensive line, a locker-room mentor to Wilkerson, had just been released.

"It hit me hard," Wilkerson said, recalling that day early last month.

There have been quite a few "you serious?" moments this offseason for the emerging star. Wilkerson has watched as the Jets' defense, three ...

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