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Wednesday, May 29
 
Jets' offensive front takes another blow

By John Clayton
ESPN.com

Dave Szott's comeback to the New York area didn't work out well.

Szott, signed to be a starting offensive guard for the Jets, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in a knee Tuesday during an offseason workout and could be lost for the season.

The 34-year-old Szott underwent tests Wednesday to determine the full extent of the tear and timetable for likely surgery.

"Dave Szott will have surgery to repair the injury within two weeks," coach Herman Edwards told the Associated Press. "We will await the results of the surgery before putting a timetable on his recovery."

Szott played 100 percent of the downs for the Redskins last season, coming back from torn biceps injuries suffered in 1998 and 2000 when he was with the Chiefs. Based on Szott's one-year performance with the Redskins and storied career with the Chiefs, the Jets signed Szott to a three-year, $4.6 million contract.

The loss of Szott is the second major blow to the Jets' offensive line. Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae will be sidelined until early August after having a tear in his rotator cuff surgically repaired. Mawae was having a routine arthroscopic procedure on the shoulder to remove some chips when doctors discovered the tear in the rotator cuff.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.






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