New York Jets: Chris Herndon injured, unlikely to play this week

New York Jets Chris Herndon (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
New York Jets Chris Herndon (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon has reportedly injured his hamstring and is considered week-to-week, likely indicating that he will be out for Week 6.

The New York Jets are no strangers to bad luck this season. And it appears that they have just been dealt yet another blow as it’s been reported that tight end Chris Herndon has suffered an injury ahead of his Week 6 return.

Herndon was expected to return this week following a four-game suspension for a DUI incident that occurred in June of last year. And for a Jets offense that had statistically been the worst in football, his return was to be celebrated.

Now, it’s unknown when he might find his way back on to the gridiron.

In his Wednesday morning press conference, head coach Adam Gase indicated that Herndon had injured his hamstring running routes by himself on Friday — likely in preparation for his Week 6 return.

Gase sounded pessimistic when describing the injury calling it “a legit hamstring” and stating that “it’s not ideal.” Herndon has been described as week-to-week and it certainly doesn’t look like he’ll be playing this week when the Jets take on the Dallas Cowboys.

Hamstring injuries tend to linger too meaning that this ailment could keep him out for a number of weeks.

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This is obviously a major blow to a Jets team that needed any semblance of positivity after a rough 0-4 start to the season. Optimism was once again brewing when it was announced that quarterback Sam Darnold would return this week following a four-week bout with mononucleosis.

Darnold’s return was expected to be accompanied by Herndon’s as the duo was supposed to provide a much-needed spark to a Jets offense that has been downright anemic through four games.

Unfortunately, Darnold will once again be without one of his favorite targets.

Veteran Ryan Griffin has been starting in Herndon’s place and the former Houston Texans tight end has contributed next-to-nothing in the receiving game. Griffin has hauled in five catches for a measly 17 yards on the season starting all four games.

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Others such as Daniel Brown and rookie Trevon Wesco have done very little as well with neither recording a single reception this season.

Chris Herndon’s absence is also felt in the run game as the second-year Miami product really impressed with his blocking last season. And given the offensive line’s struggles, the effect of his absence is only multiplied.

At this point, the Jets have run into more misfortune through five weeks than many teams encounter in a decade and we’re only a quarter of the way through the season.

As seems to be the theme with the Jets 2019 campaign, it’s another case of one step forward and two steps back.

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