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In the team’s 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Jets were down two of their top players. And top of their top cornerbacks to be exact.

Despite the absences of both Sauce Gardner and DJ Reed, the Jets used three interceptions to rally for the team’s biggest win under coach Robert Saleh. The Jets scraped by with a backup cornerback (Bryce Hall) and two practice squad players (Craig James and Tae Hayes) on the outside, as the team’s top two CBs were both in the concussion protocol.

The defense stepped up in a big way against the defending NFC champions, but if the Jets want to continue to play at a high level, they’re going to need both Gardner and Reed at full strength. Both Reed and Gardner were at practice this week and were full participants on Thursday, seemingly clearing their final hurdle in their return.

That was officially confirmed Friday, as Saleh announced that both corners have cleared concussion protocol and will be active for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

Those in the NFL world were quick to react to the huge update on New York’s injured cornerbacks.


As the Jets look to improve to 4-3, they’ll have the NFL’s best cornerback tandem back healthy against Tyrod Taylor and the Giants.

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About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.