Former No. 1 pick Vernon Gholston, sackless in three NFL seasons, was a surprise inactive for the New York Jets in Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets was replaced on the 45-man roster by LB Jamaal Westerman.
In another mild surprise, rookie RB Joe McKnight, coming off a career game in last week's scrimmage ... er, regular-season finale, also was inactive. It was thought that he'd at least have a role on special teams.
Another pre-game twist: Dwight Lowery was announced by the team as the starting free safety. Earlier in the week, Eric Smith said he expected to start after missing three games with a concussion.
The Jets' other inactives: DT Jarron Gilbert, DT Marcus Dixon, DB Isaiah Trufant, OT Vlad Ducasse, TE Jeff Cumberland and QB Kellen Clemens (No. 3 QB).
The Jets have an interesting roster configuration for this game. They're dressing only four RBs and four DLM, but have 10 DBs up for this game. Call it the Peyton Manning Effect.
Despite his lack of production, Gholston had been declared inactive only once in his career prior to this game. If the Jets lose, it could mark the end of his ignominious run with the Jets, who made him the sixth overall pick in 2008 and gave him $20 million in guarantees. Oops.