Kaufusi appeared in three games with the Jets last season, recording one defended pass across 45 defensive snaps. The 27-year-old will provide depth on the defensive line if he's able to make the 53-man roster, and could contribute on special teams.
Kaufusi spent four days on the active roster in October, and has otherwise been on the Jets' practice squad. The 27-year-old provides some depth on the defensive line, and takes the roster spot of Darron Lee following his four-game suspension.
Kaufusi was waived by the Jets on Friday.
Kaufusi was promoted to the active roster earlier in the week, but New York has ultimately opted to beef up its linebacker depth ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Raiders instead. Assuming he clears waivers, the defensive end will likely revert back to the Jets' practice squad.
Kaufusi takes the place of linebacker Josh Martin (concussion), who was placed on injured reserve Monday. The 2016 third-round selection has struggled with injuries early on in his career. If he can stay healthy, Kaufusi could become a special teams contributor.
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