HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Linebacker Jim Eliopulos, waived three times this season by the New York Jets, was re-signed Wednesday to bring the team's roster to 45.
Eliopulos takes the place of running back Marion Barber, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a cracked rib.
The injuries mounted for the AFC East-leading Jets. They listed 14 players on their injury report for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.
Most seriously hit was New York's secondary. All eight defensive backs were put on the injury report with starting cornerback Russell Carter listed as out. Coach Joe Walton said he expected Carter, who did not play last Sunday in a victory over the Indianapolis Colts, would also miss the Nov. 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Walton said the other seven defensive backs, six of whom are listed as probable, should be ready for Miami. Cornerback Davlin Mullen, who started for Carter against Indianapolis, is questionable with an ankle sprain.
With starting left tackle Reggie McElroy out for Miami with a pulled groin and also expected to be sidelined for Tampa Bay, the Jets are down to six offensive linemen. Walton hinted that he might bring Billy Shields or Stan Waldemore off the injured reserve.
Waldemore and Shields, who have been practicing, both said they are ready.
'Yeah, you hate to see anyone get hurt,' Shields said. 'But you want to play.'
The Jets have the AFC's best record at 7-2. The Dolphins, the defending conference champs, have lost two straight and three of four to fall to 5-4. Miami's slide started with a 23-7 loss to New York on a Monday night.