New York Jets embroiled in another injury conflict with former player
By Justin Fried
The New York Jets are reportedly facing yet another injury controversy surrounding a former player with quarterback Luke Falk filing an injury grievance.
What else could go wrong for the New York Jets in 2019? On top of the abysmal on-field performance that the team has put out through eight weeks, the Jets’ season has been marred by injuries and off-field drama.
From their young quarterback coming down with a case of mononucleosis, to a trade-deadline feud between superstar safety Jamal Adams and general manager Joe Douglas, to an injury grievance filed by former left guard Kelechi Osemele, the Jets have been a trainwreck in 2019.
What could possibly make this season any worse? How about another injury grievance.
It was reported early on Friday by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that former quarterback Luke Falk is filing an injury grievance through the NFL Players Association thus continuing the off-field drama for a franchise that can’t stay out of the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Falk was thrust into action in Week 2 following Darnold’s sickness and a season-ending ankle injury to backup quarterback Trevor Siemian.
And thus, a quarterback who had spent most of last season on the Miami Dolphins injured reserve and had never taken an NFL snap before was asked to play in the majority of three of the team’s first four games.
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Behind an atrocious offensive line and hampered with shoddy play-calling, needless to say, Falk struggled immensely.
Falk went 0-2 in his time as a starter throwing for three interceptions and zero touchdowns while amassing just 416 yards in the air. And upon Darnold’s return ahead of the Jets’ Week 6 game against the Dallas Cowboys, Falk was unceremoniously dumped.
Now, Falk is reportedly insisting that he suffered a season-ending hip injury that will require surgery while with the Jets that went unreported by the team.
The Washington State product did not show up on the team’s injury report prior to his release which could mean that Falk does, indeed, have a case.
This is the second injury grievance that has been filed against the Jets in the past three weeks as former starting left guard Kelechi Osemele was the center of an injury scandal just a few weeks ago.
After a week-long debate with the team regarding his health status, Osemele was ultimately released from the team and underwent successful shoulder surgery.
The Jets franchise has been a negative press magnet this season and it’s hard to believe that we’re only halfway through the year. At any rate, it remains to be seen just how this situation will unfold.
But it certainly isn’t a good look for an organization that can really use an image makeover right about now.