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Ben Ijalana | Guard | #71

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 322
College: Villanova
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (49) / IND
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The Jets are expected to make re-signing impending free agent OT Ben Ijalana a priority.
The former second-round pick of the Colts made 13 starts last season, with six coming at right tackle and seven on the left side after LT Ryan Clady (shoulder) went on I.R. Ijalana graded out poorly at Pro Football Focus, but the draw to him is his versatility. The Jets need to aim higher at left tackle. Feb 13 - 9:44 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Jets coach Todd Bowles said both Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale could see snaps at right tackle Week 1.

The two are competing to replace Breno Giacomini, who landed on reserve/PUP with a back injury. Neither was able to separate themselves during camp, and it sounds like Bowles is willing to let the situation play itself out during the game. The right side of the Jets' line could be a problem area all season.
Source: AP
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 10:18:00 AM

Jets re-signed OT Ben Ijalana to a one-year contract.

Ijalana served as retired LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson's backup the last three seasons. The 2011 second-rounder is certainly not "Plan A" as the Jets look to replace Ferguson. Ijalana turns 27 in August.
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 09:55:00 AM

Jets OT Ben Ijalana suffered a sprained MCL in Friday's preseason game against the Falcons.

If Ijalana avoids surgery, he'll be looking at a 2-to-3 week recovery period. The backup tackle played just two regular season snaps last year.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 11:56:00 AM

Jets OT Ben Ijalana exited the team's second preseason game with a knee injury.

He was quickly ruled out which is never a good sign. A second-round pick of the Colts in 2011, Ijalana was expected to serve as the Jets' swing tackle. Ijalana has torn his left ACL twice.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 09:44:00 PM

Jets re-signed OL Ben Ijalana.

Ijalana was limited to three games (six snaps) with the Jets last year. A 2011 second-round pick, Ijalana's career has been derailed by injuries. Ijalana will compete with Corey Hilliard for swing tackle duties.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 05:38:00 PM

Free agent G/T Ben Ijalana visited the Panthers.

A second-round pick of the Colts in 2011, Ijalana has seen his career derailed by injuries. He managed six offensive snaps last season with the Jets, and would be nothing but a Hail-Mary signing for a team desperate for offensive tackle help.
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 09:21:00 AM

Jets claimed OL Ben Ijalana off waivers from the Colts.

The 49th pick in the 2011 draft, Ijalana spent much of his first two NFL seasons on injured reserve. Pro Football Focus did grade Ijalana as a top-15 tackle during the 2013 preseason, excelling as both a run and pass blocker and playing left tackle. Ijalana can also play guard. He's worth a shot.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 05:00:00 PM

Colts G/T Ben Ijalana is healthy for training camp.

Ijalana tore his left ACL for the second time on the very first play of last year's camp. The No. 49 pick of the 2011 draft has already racked up an astonishing five surgeries during his brief NFL career. His shot at a roster spot is poor.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 12:16:00 PM

Colts waived/injured G/T Ben Ijalana.

The 49th overall pick in last year's draft, Ijalana's NFL future appears dim after undergoing five surgeries already as a pro. The latest will be a reconstruction of his left ACL, which also ended Ijalana's rookie season. He underwent double hernia surgery before the 2011 draft, and two 2012 offseason surgeries on his hips. Ijalana will be on the roster bubble next year.
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 06:48:00 PM

Colts G/T Ben Ijalana and LB A.J. Edds are both out for the year with ACL tears.

They will be placed on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Coach Chuck Pagano revealed that Ijalana had just finished rehabbing from two hip surgeries as well as last October's ACL surgery to the same knee. The No. 49 pick in the 2011 draft, Ijalana was viewed as a promising swing-tackle prospect before the back-to-back ACL tears. His career is now in jeopardy. Edds played 12 games on special teams last year after being signed off the Patriots' practice squad.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 04:50:00 PM

Colts G/T Ben Ijalana (ACL surgery) has been sent for an MRI on his surgically-repaired left knee.

The Colts' second-round pick last season, Ijalana appeared in just four games before landing on injured reserve. A second ACL tear would jeopardize his career.
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 04:58:00 PM

Colts G/T Ben Ijalana (ACL surgery) told the Indianapolis Star Friday that he will be fully healed for training camp.

Ijalana tore his left ACL last October 3. The 49th overall pick in last year's draft, Ijalana should compete for a starting job in training camp. One of the guard spots would be Ijalana's best bet for playing time with Anthony Castonzo and Winston Justice locked in as Indianapolis' starting tackles.
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 05:12:00 PM

Colts placed G/T Ben Ijalana on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season.

The rookie had secured Indianapolis' swing tackle job before going down. The Colts desperately need starter Anthony Castonzo (ankle) to get healthy in time for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. The 49th overall pick in the draft, Ijalana was a very promising prospect and showed well in spot duty early in the year. He was probably going to be a starter in short order.
Wed, Oct 5, 2011 11:47:00 AM

Colts second-round T/G Ben Ijalana reportedly suffered ACL damage in his left knee Monday night.

Ijalana was pressed into service on Curtis Painter's blindside when fellow rookie Anthony Castonzo exited with an ankle injury. The extent of the damage in Ijalana's knee isn't know just yet, but the Indianapolis Star confirms that his season is in jeopardy.
Tue, Oct 4, 2011 06:28:00 PM

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