Rich Cimini | ESPN.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets lost one of their top pass rushers for the remainder of the season, placing outside linebacker Antwan Barnes on injured reserve Wednesday with a severe knee injury.
Barnes was injured in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ 30-28 upset Monday night of the Atlanta Falcons. Rushing the quarterback against left tackle Lamar Holmes, Barnes tried to change direction with an inside move, but his right knee buckled when he planted on the turf.
Used primarily as a pass-rushing specialist, Barnes has two sacks and leads the team with 12 quarterback hits. He played in 41 percent of the defensive snaps. He’s a natural edge rusher, and the Jets have a short supply of those on the roster.
To replace Barnes, the Jets re-signed outside linebacker Ricky Sapp, who was waived by the team Saturday.
The Jets signed Barnes, 28, in free agency, giving him a three-year, $4 million contract. They liked him because of his familiarity with Rex Ryan’s system, having played under Ryan when the Jets coach was an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 2007 and 2008.
Barnes had a career year for the San Diego Chargers in 2011, when he recorded 11 sacks.
- Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
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