Jets' O-line streak ends at 48 games

Updated: December 19, 2010, 4:44 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The New York Jets started Wayne Hunter at right guard Sunday against the Steelers, and it was the first time in 48 games that the team has needed to plug a backup into the offensive line to start a game.

The Jets have been uniquely resilient at the five positions. Once a starter has been named, he hasn't missed an entire game going back to the first game of 2008. The streak includes postseason games.

Damien Woody, the team's current right tackle, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this week, precipitating the need for Hunter to step in. Jets coach Rex Ryan said he thinks the team will get Woody back before the end of the season.

Center Nick Mangold, right guard Brandon Moore and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson have played in each of those games. Alan Faneca was the left tackle for the first two years of the streak before being cut and replaced by Matt Slauson this season.

The streak began after the last game of 2007, when Adrien Clarke was replaced at left guard with Will Montgomery by then-coach Eric Mangini.

Jane McManus is a reporter and columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow her on Twitter.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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