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New York Jets safety Marcus Maye to miss 3-4 weeks due to sprained ankle

New York Jets safety Marcus Maye (20), shown Sept. 19 during a game against the New England Patriots, played every snap in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/ddf07ddefb50d2dc0db5ce2d3ca65ede/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
New York Jets safety Marcus Maye (20), shown Sept. 19 during a game against the New England Patriots, played every snap in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The winless New York Jets are expected to be without star safety Marcus Maye for multiple weeks because of an ankle injury.

League sources told ESPN and NFL Media on Wednesday that Maye -- the Jets' longest-tenured player and one of the team's best defenders -- will miss three to four weeks with a sprained ankle.

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Maye played every defensive snap during the Jets' 26-0 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, and Jets head coach Robert Saleh didn't mention Maye in the postgame injury report. Maye showed up on the team's injury report Wednesday after missing practice.

Maye's agent, Erik Burkhardt, wrote on Twitter that his client "should be back healthy just before the trade deadline" on Nov. 2, fueling speculation about the defensive back's desire to leave the franchise.

The Jets used the franchise tag on Maye this past off-season, and the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline. As a result, the University of Florida product is playing this season on a one-year contract worth $10.6 million.

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During training camp, Maye voiced his displeasure about his current contract situation. He said his preference is to remain in New York, but he didn't dismiss the idea of requesting a trade if he's tagged again.

Maye ranks second on the Jets with 23 total tackles, including two tackles for losses, this season. He also has one sack and a pass breakup in three games.

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