Marcus Maye underwent surgery on his injured shoulder on Tuesday, and he'll need "a couple months" to recover, head coach Todd Bowles said after Wednesday's practice.
After playing all 16 games his rookie season, the 25-year-old played only six this season due to a litany of injuries. He had offseason ankle surgery and then injured his foot (an unrelated injury) in the preseason, causing him to miss the Jets' first three games.
He played the next three (including two of the Jets' three wins this season), but then broke his thumb in a 42-34 win over the Colts, causing him to miss the team's home loss to the Vikings. He played the three games after that, but injured the shoulder in a blowout loss to the Bills.
It's possible Maye was hurt making this tackle against LeSean McCoy. The 2017 second-round pick out of Florida ducked his head without using his arms to upend McCoy (something the league is trying to outlaw), and McCoy's right knee hit Maye's left shoulder. You can see the video at the 1:48 mark of this video...
Despite it being a blowout, Maye stayed in the game until the bitter end, even making a tackle on the final drive, so it'll be interesting to discover what the injury actually was.
Maye made 34 tackles with a half-sack, two pass deflections and a forced fumble. But the play he'll be remembered for this season was his lone interception, which he returned 104 yards on the final play of the win over the Colts but did not score. It was the longest non-touchdown play in league history, and it'll be years before that's broken (if ever).
Cornerback Jeremy Clark was brought up from the practice squad to replace Maye on the active 53-man roster. The Jets have seven players on I.R. -- LG James Carpenter, OT Ben Ijalana, OLB Josh Martin, S Doug Middleton, RB Bilal Powell and TE Neal Sterling, in addition to Maye.
Martin could be coming back this week.