Nick Mangold’s season is over, and it’s possible he’s played his final game in a Jet uniform.
Gang Green placed Mangold on injured reserve Thursday, days after the starting center re-injured his right ankle in a primetime loss to the Colts.
Mangold traveled to North Carolina earlier Thursday to visit with orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, Todd Bowles confirmed. Based on the announcement, the second opinion was not a positive one.
“He’s hurting pretty good,” Bowles said during his press conference, which occurred less than hour before the Jets officially announced the news.
Bowles believes surgery is on the table for Mangold, who missed four straight games because of his ankle before returning against Indy.
“Depending on what the doctors says, I’m sure it could be,” Bowles said of the possibility of surgery.
Mangold is slated to make $6.1 million next season with a $9.1 million cap hit. But none of that money is guaranteed, which is why the Jets are likely to part ways with Mangold after the season.
Mangold first sprained his ankle against the Ravens on Oct. 23. He then attempted to come back too quickly and suffered a setback in the first week of November leading up to the Jets’ game in Miami. That forced him to miss three additional games, plus the bye week in Week 11.
Mangold had been a rock in the middle of the Jets’ defensive line through his first 10 years in the league, missing just four starts in 160 regular-season games. But at 32 years old, Mangold’s body appears to be breaking down. He also suffered a knee injury against the Steelers in Week 5 that kept him out of practice for multiple weeks.
Here are some additional observations from the first 30 minutes of Thursday’s practice open to the media:
— RT Breno Giacomini (back, shoulder, calf), LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle) and RB Khiry Robinson (leg) were all not practicing. Giacomini didn’t have his helmet, while Mauldin and Robinson wore theirs. But all three stayed in the rehab area as special teams drills ended and defensive and offensive drills began.
— WR Jalin Marshall (concussion), DL Steve McLendon (hamstring) and S Antonio Allen (concussion) were not on the field. Marshall and Allen both remain in league protocol. McLendon aggravated his hamstring injury against the Patriots, and the setback appears to be significant. He hasn’t practiced since that game.
— DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) and DL Leonard Williams (illness) both had their helmets during stretching. So did S Calvin Pryor (concussion) and RB Matt Forte (knee, foot), who were limited on Wednesday. Wilkerson and Williams missed Wednesday’s practice altogether.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News