Jets offensive lineman Vlad Ducasse, who is part of the most intriguing position battle of camp, suffered a left knee injury on Wednesday that required treatment and caused him to miss the rest of practice.
Ducasse got injured in the first half of Wednesday’s morning session in a pile-up, his left knee getting twisted at the bottom of the pile. He received treatment and did not return to the field. Currently, head coach Rex Ryan has Ducasse taking first team snaps along with last year’s starting left guard Matt Slauson.
Ducasse doesn’t see himself missing any practice.
“We’re going to figure that out, I’m fine; I’m walking. That’s all that matters,” Ducasse said.
“They don’t want me to push it so I can go the rest of camp so we’ll see.”
Ducasse also saw some reps at right guard as well, part of the musical chairs of positions he’s played since being drafted by the Jets three years ago. Then a second-round pick out of UMass, Ducasse was originally brought in as a right tackle.
“They’re moving everyone around,” Ducasse said. “Like coach Ryan said ‘If you can’t play in the other positions of the line you don’t need to be here.’”
The Jets did receive good news with the removal of Demario Davis from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Under the terms of the labor deal reached last year, Davis can’t put on helmet and pads till Friday at the earliest.
Having drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff throughout the offseason, Davis had a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the start of training camp. He said it was the first time in his career that he has missed more than one day of practice due to injury.
“I have to sit out a few days because of the requirements, but I’ll be back on Friday practicing,” Davis said. “I feel great; it’s great to be back out there. Anytime something like that happens, it’s unfortunate, especially going right into training camp, that’s tough. When it happened, I was upset because I couldn’t practice right away.”
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