FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Damien Woody won't have a chance to face his former team in the playoffs, and his absence could put a huge crimp in the New York Jets' championship plans.
The Jets placed their starting right tackle on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday with a left Achilles' tendon injury.
Woody returned from a right knee problem to play all but the final three plays of last weekend's wild-card win at Indianapolis. He hurt the Achilles' tendon on the final drive and was replaced by Wayne Hunter, who will start Sunday at New England in the divisional round.
"The last game, he was over D-Wood a lot," Hunter said of Wilfork, "so I have to be ready for that. Vince is the man, stout and hard to move. He's worthy of the Pro Bowl game.
"I don't think they will change much. I'm not expecting more than what I see on film. If they do (change), so be it. I'll be up to the challenge."
"We are fortunate we have Wayne Hunter," Ryan said.
Ryan added that he expects Woody, a 12-year veteran, to undergo surgery.
"The fact he's kept his head in it, which a lot of times when you are not playing is tough, and he was keeping focused is very good," Mangold said. "Wayne showed he's staying ready, and when he's gotten in there, he's done a good job."
Ryan also said right guard Brandon Moore tweaked his back in the weight room, but the coach expects the lineman to be fine for Sunday's game.
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