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Stashing Hackenberg on IR could solve the Jets’ quarterback quandary

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How does a team with four quarterbacks on the roster keep all of them without carrying all of them roster? By stashing one of them on injured reserve.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News makes the case for using IR as the spot for rookie Christian Hackenberg, allowing the Jets to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, and Bryce Petty on the roster once the season starts.

Technically, a player has to be injured to be placed on injured reserve. But if the player goes along with it, who’s to stop it from happening?

Teams misuse IR all the time. Some teams have been accused from time to time of using players on IR in practice, even though that’s never supposed to happen.

With each team now allowed to permit one player per year to return from injured reserve, Hackenberg could (in theory) be brought back to the 53-man roster, if for example the Jets were to find a trade partner for Petty or Smith.

If the Jets are reluctant to cut Smith or Petty, using IR as the landing spot for Hackenberg makes the most sense. Especially since they have yet to put him in either of the team’s two preseason games.