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Latest injury update on Bilal Powell

By Luis Tirado Jr.
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets attempts to move past Jason McCourty #30 of the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets attempts to move past Jason McCourty #30 of the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Running back Bilal Powell of the New York Jets went down to injury in their Week 5 win over the Cleveland Browns. Here’s the latest injury update on him.

Running back Bilal Powell has been the talk of the New York Jets for the past few weeks but unfortunately, was injured in their Week 5 win over the Cleveland Browns. Powell went down in this matchup as further testing revealed the extent of his injury.

As per a tweet by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, he confirmed via a conference call with head coach Todd Bowles that Powell is listed as day-to-day with a strained calf injury. Hopefully, Powell will heal up over the next few days as Week 6 brings the first big test the Jets will face of the season.

Next week, the Jets welcome the Super Bowl reigning New England Patriots to MetLife Stadium for their first matchup of the year. Powell has been a key part of the offense and if he’s unable to suit up or gets used in a limited role, it just makes things that much harder for the Jets to extend their current three-game win streak.

Bilal Powell has a strained calf. He's day-to-day, per Todd Bowles. #jets

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 9, 2017

So far this season, Powell has totaled 240 rushing yards, 51 attempts, and two touchdowns. As a receiving target, Powell has totaled 72 yards on 13 receptions. Due to the turf toe injury to running back Matt Forte, Powell has enjoyed starting duties the past two weeks but was unable to do much against the tough run defense of the Browns.

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Either way, the Jets have plenty of time to address this issue at running back. If Powell doesn’t play or has to be relegated to backup duties, it will give a huge opportunity to rookie running back Elijah McGuire.

He’s been making quite the name for himself and should be ready to do what he does best should he get promoted to starter.

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Hopefully, the Jets avoid Powell missing any game time as it would alter their offense to a degree. Yes, McGuire is a solid running back but is still developing as an all-around threat out of the backfield. If the Jets plan to stun the football world with a win over the Patriots, they’ll need Powell and everything he brings to the table ready to go.

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