Jets place DE Pitoitua on injured reserve

The New York Jets have placed backup defensive end Ropati

Pitoitua on injured reserve, ending his season, with a torn left

Achilles’ tendon.

Pitoitua, in his third season with the Jets, was injured during

the first half of New York’s 9-3 preseason victory at Carolina on

Saturday night. The former Washington State star was expected to

fill in at various spots on the defensive line.

Nose tackle Kris Jenkins was caught by television cameras

carrying the 6-foot-8, 310-pound Pitoitua over his shoulder after

the injury and putting him on the cart on the sideline.

Pitoitua had six tackles in eight games last season after

spending 2008 on the Jets’ practice squad.

The Jets made no immediate corresponding roster move.