New York Jets: Injury bug bites team again; Chris Herndon, Brian Winters
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
The New York Jets can’t avoid the injury bug in 2019. Here’s why Chris Herndon and Brian Winters are out for the foreseeable future.
Even when the New York Jets win, they can’t win.
On Monday afternoon during the weekly Adam Gase conference call, the team revealed another troubling injury report.
Promising second-year tight end Chris Herndon returned to the field for the first time in 2019. He finished the game with one reception for seven yards on two targets.
Sadly that may be the last time Jets fans see him this season. He suffered a fractured rib and is “out for an extended period of time.”
According to some initial research, broken ribs can take “about six weeks” to heal on their own. During that rehab time, it’s recommended that said player avoids activities that could further injure the ribs.
With only seven games left on the docket, Herndon could likely miss the rest of the 2019 season.
A quick recap on his 2019 season to date:
- Four-game suspension to start the season.
- Misses another four games due to a hamstring injury he suffered right before his suspension ended.
- Made his debut on Sunday vs the New York Giants.
- Now out for the foreseeable future with a fractured rib.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Gase shared some more bad news regarding offensive guard Brian Winters. He dislocated his shoulder during the team’s 34-27 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.
Adam Gase seemed to indicate that it’s unlikely we’ll see him back this season.
Since entering the league back in 2013, Brian has missed 16 games and if he misses the rest of the 2019 season as expected that’ll add up to 23 games. Gase mentioned that surgery is possible for him this offseason.
After this year wraps up, Winters will have one year left on his contract for $7.5 million. If the team decided to move on from him this offseason they would save the entirety of his contract with no dead cap.
That means the Jets will be down another two starters on offense. Up next for the Jets is a road trip to Washington to play the Redskins.