Jets place LT Brown on IR with shoulder injury

by Ricardo Gutierrez - The New York Jets will be without former Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown for at least four games, as the recently-signed lineman was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

New York Jets place left tackle Duane Brown on injured reserve, hopeful for Week 5 return 4:12 PM ET Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Close Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News Syracuse University graduate FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets will be without former Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown for at least four games, as the recently-signed lineman was placed on injured reserve Saturday. The Jets are hopeful Brown can return from his shoulder injury in Week 5 at the earliest, but it was a significant injury and there's no guarantee. He was injured Monday in practice, three weeks after signing a two-year, $20 million contract to replace the injured Mekhi Becton . The deal includes a $9 million guarantee. The team didn't disclose the specific injury, but it's serious enough that surgical options were considered. Brown, 37, will try to rehab the injury. Editor's Picks Sources: Jets add OT Brown after Becton injury 30d Rich Cimini The only positive is that it happened early in the week, allowing the Jets to practice a full week with their re-shuffled line. George Fant will replace Brown at left tackle for Sunday's opener against the Baltimore Ravens . Fant began training camp at left tackle, but was moved to right tackle to accommodate Brown, who was added to the roster when Becton suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice. Fant, who has moved positions several times since 2020, spoke out Friday, saying it's "obviously a frustrating situation." Rookie Max Mitchell , a fourth-round pick from Louisiana, will start at right tackle. Brown lasted only seven practices and one preseason game before getting hurt. He has been a durable player throughout his career; he started every game the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks . A first-round pick by the Houston Texans in 2008, Brown has started 203 games over 15 seasons. He has made five Pro Bowls.