FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets coach Todd Bowles says both Ben Ijalana (EYE-juh-LAH-nuh) and Brent Qvale (KWAH-lee) could play right tackle in the season opener against Cincinnati on Sunday.
The two offensive linemen are competing for the spot, which is open because starter Breno Giacomini is out for out least the next six weeks while on the physically unable to perform list with a back injury.
Giacomini missed all of training camp with the injury, and neither Ijalana nor Qvale established himself the clear-cut replacement.
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Bowles says Monday ''it's possible'' Ijalana and Qvale could rotate in and out of games ''until it sorts itself out.''
Ijalana has played in seven games in five NFL seasons, mostly at left tackle. Qvale is entering his second full season and has started one game, lining up as a jumbo tight end.
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