Calvin Pace: NFL 'had it out' for Jets based on schedule

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Wednesday October 15th, 2014

New York Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace is not happy that the NFL scheduled the Jets to face the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots back-to-back on short rest, according to Newsday

The Jets lost to the Broncos on Sunday and are set to face the Patriots on Thursday night. 

"It's going to be another tough one," Pace said. "Someone at the NFL really had it out for us on this schedule. But that being said, nobody feels sorry for us."

After facing the San Diego Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers in Week 5, New York faced Denver's Peyton Manning last weekend and will face the Patriots' Tom Brady this week. All three quarterbacks are in the top five in the AFC for most touchdown passes thrown this season.

He echoed comments made by Houston Texans running back Arian Foster about the health concerns associated with playing games on Thursday night.

"I think it's a terrible idea," said Pace. "I think if you're talking about player safety that's the one way that you're pretty much ensuring that a bunch of guys can potentially get hurt."

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On Monday, the Jets placed cornerback Dee Milliner on injured reserve with a torn Achilles. Milliner is the second Jets cornerback to be lost for the season after rookie Dexter McDougle tore his ACL during training camp. 

New York signed former 2011 fifth-round pick Josh Thomas to replace Milliner.

The Jets are 1-5 this season and have lost five straight games.

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