FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets placed veteran linebacker and special-teams ace Larry Izzo on season-ending injured reserve Thursday with a herniated disk in his neck that could end his NFL career.
It was unclear when the injury initially occurred, but Izzo had played in every game this season.
"He would get his strength up enough to where he thought he could play," Ryan said. "I don't know exactly when, and I'm not sure he knows."
Jets special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said the pain shot from Izzo's neck down his right arm and hindered his play. Ryan said Izzo likely would need surgery if he plans to keep playing and indicated that the veteran's career could be over.
"It was tough to see," Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "He kept saying, 'This isn't the way I wanted it to end.' You could just tell that with his warrior mentality, he wanted to go out fighting."
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