When the Jets cut their roster to 53 at the end of the preseason, they kept a spot for injured C Robert Turner, thinking his surgically repaired broken leg would heal in time for him to return around midseason. They've given up hope and are expected to place the valuable backup on season-ending injured reserve.
The front office came to the realization about a week ago that he wasn't going to make it back. Six weeks into his recovery, Turner still is getting around the Jets' facility on a motorized scooter -- a pretty good indication he's nowhere close to returning.
The emergence of rookie C Colin Baxter, who started and played the whole game Sunday in Oakland, softens the blow. The story was first reported by CBSSports.com. This leaves the Jets with a roster opening.