The Jets placed Perine (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports. Perine will be sidelined for at least three games after sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Chargers. While Perine is out of the picture, Frank Gore is expected to see the bulk of the carries in the backfield, with Ty Johnson and Josh Adams serving as the Jets' main change-of-pace options.
Perine (ankle) suffered a high-ankle sprain during Sunday's loss to the Chargers and will miss time, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports. High-ankle sprains often require multiple weeks to fully recover from, so Perine could be a candidate for IR. The rookie fourth-round pick appeared primed to begin garnering increased touches prior to injuring his ankle, but the Jets now will roll forth with Frank Gore and Ty Johnson out of the backfield. Josh Adams also appears destined to bump up from the practice squad.
Perine suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's game at Denver, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports. Prior to his departure in the third quarter, Perine had eight carries for 33 yards and one touchdown, but he didn't gather in his only target. He's considered doubtful to return, which leaves Frank Gore and Ty Johnson as the only healthy Jets running backs.
Coach Adam Gase said Wednesday he plans to give Perine more touches over the team's final seven games, though Frank Gore will continue to play a prominent role as well, Al Iannazone of Newsday reports. This isn't the first time Gase has promised a larger role for Perine, though in fairness, the rookie has averaged 10 touches per game in the last four after touching the ball just 17 times over his first four appearances. Still, those hoping for the winless Jets to invest fully in the future shouldn't get their hopes up, as Gase said Gore -- who is averaging 3.6 yards per carry without a touchdown this season -- is "probably playing at one of the higher levels of anybody we have right now."
Perine rushed six times for 19 yards and caught both of his targets for 19 yards in Monday night's 30-27 loss to the Patriots. Perine's longest gain went for 11 yards, as he again split time with Frank Gore in New York's backfield. Overall, though, Gore's 12 rushes for 46 yards and two grabs for 13 more lent slightly more value than that from Perine's touches. Still, with neither player really separating himself from the other, it's likely the Jets continue with their tailback rotation when they return from their Week 10 bye, capping the already-mild upside of both options.
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