Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 11/20/14
New York Jets second-year pass-rusher Quinton Coples is expected to miss the start of the 2013 NFL regular season after sustaining a hairline fracture of his ankle, the New York Daily News reported Sunday. The former 2012 first round pick (No. 16 overall) out of North Carolina suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly after jumping to swat a Chad Henne pass late in the first half of Saturday’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com Coples, 23, will not need surgery, according to the report, and is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks. Free agent addition Antwan Barnes looks to fill in during his absence and is actually seen as a more explosive edge rusher than Coples (having collected 11.0 sacks with the San Diego Chargers in 2011), but this is still considered to be a pretty big blow to Gang Green’s defense. At 6-6, 290 pounds, Coples can play multiple positions and is a force against the run.  He has also been “making strides” in his transi...
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