Jets head coach Rex Ryan revealed Pace will miss the next "few weeks" with a foot injury suffered in Friday night's 16-11 exhibition loss to the Washington Redskins at the new Meadowlands stadium. (You can listen to Ryan's postgame interview here).
Pace left the locker room with his foot in a walking boot.
"I would expect him to be out a few weeks," Ryan said. "It's unfortunate. I don't know exactly how long he's going to be out, but I think it's safe to say he's going to miss a few weeks."
The regular-season opener is 17 days away. That's a couple weeks. "A few weeks" would mean multiple games.
Pace was suspended for the first four games last year for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He still racked up some serious numbers for the league's top-rated defense.
Pace recorded 67 tackles and led the team in three categories: eight sacks, 13 tackles for losses, three forced fumbles. His 16 quarterback hits were second to Shaun Ellis' 18.
The Jets, however, have a pretty decent backup.
Ryan said Jason Taylor go from pass-rush specialist to an every-down outside linebacker in Pace's place. Taylor is a six-time Pro Bowler with 127.5 career sacks. Taylor tied for second on the Miami Dolphins last year with seven sacks.