With the Bills and Jets set to kickoff Thursday night, the early-week injury reports are more important than usual. Just as Buffalo did, New York only had a walkthrough Monday, but by rule both teams had to label players as they would normally.
Let's look at notable players listed on the injury report and assess their value to Gang Green this season:
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DL Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/foot)
Wilkerson had one sack and five tackles in the Jets' loss to the Falcons in Week Eight. He's currently tied for third on the team with 13 quarterback pressures (one sack, two hits, 10 hurries). Wilkerson heads into the Week Nine game against the Bills as PFF's No. 30 3-4 defensive end out of 43 qualifiers. His 14 stops rank sixth at the position.
CB Morris Claiborne (foot)
The veteran cornerback was signed in free agency and has played well for the Jets early in the season. His +5.9 overall grade ranks 17th out of 89 qualifying cornerbacks, and he's allowed a passer rating of 64.4. Claiborne has one interception and three pass breakups in 2017. He's played 523 snaps, the most of any Jets cornerback at this point.
S Terrence Brooks (hamstring)
Brooks has only logged 73 snaps for the Jets this season, yet has made a positive impact on those plays. He has surrendered a quarterback rating of 0.0 with two picks and no receptions on three targets. He played 30 snaps in Week Two against the Dolphins and has not been on the field for double-digit defensive snaps for New York in any other game in 2017.
CB Buster Skrine (concussion)
Skrine, a full-time player who's been on the field for 474 snaps this season, has a -4.2 coverage grade but a +5.2 grade for his run defense thus far. He's given up 26 receptions on 40 targets for 380 yards with five touchdowns, one pick and two pass breakups.
RB Matt Forte (knee)
Forte has been relegated to a second-string role as behind Bilal Powell. He's remained a key cog in New York's passing game, though. He's averaged 3.8 yards per carry on 43 attempts. Impressive, Forte has reeled in 25 of 28 targets for 205 yards on 186 offensive snaps thus far.
OT Brandon Shell (neck)
Shell hasn't played the last two weeks and has seen 310 snaps this season for the Jets. He had allowed 13 quarterback pressures (four sacks, one hit, eight hurries) on 197 pass-blocking snaps before his injury.
(Grades and stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)