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Center Nick Mangold goes on IR, could be done with Jets

Dec
10

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Nick Mangold, one of the most accomplished centers in the NFL, was placed on injured reserve Thursday by the New York Jets — a move that could signal the end of his time with the team.

It came as no surprise, as Mangold has battled a severe ankle injury for almost two months. He returned to the lineup Monday night after missing four games, but he aggravated the injury late in the 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

On Thursday, Mangold flew to North Carolina to visit with specialist Dr. Robert Anderson for a second opinion. A short time later, the Jets made the decision that had been building for weeks.

Elite Womens Niles Paul Jersey Nick Mangold has been a key member of the Jets offensive line for a decade.

Surgery is a possibility, but the team will take a conservative approach at first, a source said.

Mangold, who turns 33 next month, has one year remaining on his contract. His cap charge in 2017 balloons to $9.1 million, raising questions about his future.

The Jets (3-9) likely will try to get younger in the offseason, meaning they could move on from Mangold, a stalwart for more than a decade.

Griffin is due a $1.5 million roster bonus in March. If the Browns want him to stay, they pay it. If they don’t, he becomes a free agent.

Jackson said the more he can evaluate Griffin, the better it is for the team.