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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.
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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.