New York Jets CBs Sauce Gardner, D.J. Reed Clear Concussion Protocol

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Cornerbacks Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed completed the concussion protocol on Friday, and they will play again against the New York Giants on Sunday, making the New York Jets’ secondary complete once more.

In their most recent game, the Jets surprised the widely fancied Philadelphia Eagles by winning 20-14 despite playing without both of their starters. After suffering a concussion in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Reed was sidelined for two games.

Both players returned to full practice on Wednesday after having a bye week, so the Jets (3-3) were hopeful that they would play the Giants (2-5) at MetLife Stadium.

“It does allow flexibility on the defense and allows you to be — not more creative, but allows you to do a couple of things that you normally wouldn’t without those two guys,” coach Robert Saleh said before practice Friday.

Reed revealed on Friday that he had sustained a concussion early in the Week 4 game against Kansas City, but he chose not to report it and played through it.

“It didn’t feel right, but just the selfish part of me just wanted to play ‘Sunday Night Football,'” Reed said, according to the Associated Press.

“Going back and looking at it, any time you get a concussion, you’ve got to pull yourself out,” said Reed, adding that his symptoms worsened after the game. “Talking to the doctors, that could have been bad. Something terrible could have possibly happened, so definitely a lesson learned.”

The Jets, seeking their third consecutive victory, will take on the Giants offense without quarterback Daniel Jones, who will miss his third straight game with a neck ailment. The Giants will once again start Tyrod Taylor.

Against the Eagles, the Jets deployed a patchwork lineup that included cornerbacks Craig James and Tae Hayes from the practice squad and rarely played Bryce Hall. Even with Nickelback Michael Carter II’s hamstring issue late in the game, the Jets intercepted Jalen Hurts three times.

“[The fill-ins] just did an exceptional job out there,” defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said. “I’m looking out there and they’re covering A.J. Brown, they’re covering [DeVonta] Smith, they’re covering real receivers in this league and with a real quarterback that can make you pay. I’m so proud of those guys that stepped up for our defense.”

Carter hasn’t practiced as much this week, but he should play on Sunday.

Joe Tippmann, a rookie right guard, was ruled out due to a quadriceps ailment. Wes Schweitzer, a seasoned player, will take his spot as the third different starting right guard.