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Josh Mauga injury: Jets LB out for season

Backup linebacker Josh Mauga, an important contributor for the New York Jets on special teams, will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

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For the third straight week, the New York Jets have lost a player for the rest of the season, as reserve linebacker Josh Mauga tore a pectoral muscle in Monday night's 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans.

Mauga was a key special teams player, recording four of his seven tackles on various coverage units. He also played a small share of the team's defensive snaps at linebacker, where he served as a backup on the weak side for Bart Scott.

The fourth-year player out of Nevada has spent his entire career with the Jets since going undrafted in 2009. He didn't play in 2009, but worked his way into the rotation in 2010 and has appeared in all 21 games for the Jets since the beginning of last season. He started one game last year and recorded an interception.

Since the injury will end his season, Mauga will probably be added to the team's injured reserve, which will allow them to add an extra player to the roster. Demario Davis is currently listed as a backup to Scott and Mauga at the weakside linebacker spot.