New York Jets head coach Adam Gase provided some positive news on the injury front heading into the bye week. Here are all the details and what it means.
The New York Jets are battered, bruised, and beaten down after three weeks of play. An 0-3 start to the season mired with injuries, failed expectations, and bad playcalling will do that.
Prior to the season commencing an early bye week seemed like a crappy hand that was dealt to the Jets by the scheduling gods, but it may just end up being a pleasant surprise.
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase spoke to the media on a conference call Monday and shared optimism heading into the bye week as it pertains to the slew of injuries the team is dealing with:
“CJ Mosley, Quinnen Williams, Sam Darnold, and Demaryius Thomas are trending in the right direction to return for the Week 5 road trip vs the Philadelphia Eagles following the bye week.”
Sam Darnold has not been medically cleared yet to return to the field, but he will start doing cardio this week. Gase expects him to be ready vs the Eagles, but they’ll continue to monitor his status.
Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, “Darnold says his spleen did shrink a little bit. It’s still not where it needs to be though. More tests will be coming next Monday.”
Demaryius Thomas since being acquired from the New England Patriots has yet to make an impact due to injuries. On Sunday vs the New England Patriots, the team only dressed four wide receivers and only played three of them. Thomas’ ability to play outside receiver would really help balance out the rest of the unit.
While the Jets actually have looked fairly solid at inside linebacker since the second-half implosion vs the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. Blake Cashman and Neville Hewitt have really held down the fort in that regard.
Despite their inspirational play, the Jets defense is desperately awaiting the return of their All-Pro free-agent acquisition CJ Mosley. The extra bye week should be enough to return from his groin injury at full strength in Week 5.
Finally the Jets third overall pick Quinnen Williams has been battling an ankle injury since Week 1. He appears to be on track to return as well vs the Eagles.
All of these healthy bodies should allow the squad to hit the reset button and focus on the final 13 weeks of the 2019 season.