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Jets Lose Star Player Hours Before Game vs. Jaguars

Quinnen Williams stretches before a game.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 03: Quinnen Williams #95 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 03, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

The New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars are set to face off today in a battle of two franchises that should've been relegated years ago. Both teams will be very short-handed for this game due to injuries, and the Jets just lost one of their only stars on defenses.

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams has been placed on the COVID-19 list. As a result, he is out for today's game against the Jaguars.

Williams has started every game for the Jets this season and is one of only four Jets to do so. He is tied for the team lead in sacks (six) and QB hits (12). His seven tackles for loss are second only to his brother, Jets linebacker Quincy Williams.

COVID-19 has wrecked the Jets this past week. They have nearly two dozen players and a handful of coaches that will be watching the game from home this weekend. Head coach Robert Saleh is among them, and his duties will be performed by Ron Middleton today instead.

It's reached the point where so many Jets players are out that even their most diehard fans are struggling to figure out who's playing for them today:

And their roster is so depleted that they only needed to put four players on their inactives list for the game:

The Jaguars were underdogs heading into today's game. But they're facing a slew of COVID-19 absences themselves, including star linebacker Myles Jack.

We're in for an ugly game between two teams with a combined 5-23 record. Buckle up.