New York Jets trying a different strategy with linebacker C.J. Mosley
By Justin Fried
The New York Jets will supposedly be trying a new strategy with linebacker C.J. Mosley as he continues to rehab from his lingering groin injury.
New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley hasn’t exactly had an ideal season in his first year with his new team. Mosley played just one half of football before exiting in the Jets Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
And since then, Mosley has been able to suit up for just one game — a 33-0 thrashing at the hands of the New England Patriots six weeks later.
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The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker has been battling a groin injury that has lingered significantly longer than anyone thought it would. The injury initially wasn’t feared to be too significant with the hope that he would return soon after Week 1.
In fact, head coach Adam Gase now infamously stated that the team hoped he would play the following week on Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns. Obviously, that never came to fruition.
The Jets seemingly rushed Mosley back for their Week 7 game against the Patriots and it was immediately evident that the 27-year-old just wasn’t himself. And since that game, he hasn’t even been able to suit up for a single practice.
Mosley was once again held out of practice this week and will not play against the Cincinnati Bengals. Which begs the question, why aren’t the Jets just placing him on the injured reserve?
It seems unlikely that Mosley will be ready to play any time soon and while a small window of opportunity to make the postseason still exists, it remains highly improbable. In essence, why waste the roster spot?
Evidently, it seems as though the Jets are still hopeful that Mosley will be able to play again this season. And now it seems as though they’re willing to try something new in order to get him back into playing condition.
Jets reporter Eric Allen reported on Friday that Mosley was set to start a “different part of [his] rehab program” in the hopes that he could return at some point.
On Monday, the Jets started a different part of Mosley's rehab program with some running & other things. We'll see if Gase has an update MON.
With a player of that stature, you're going to do everything you can to get him back. @TreyDeuce32RTR is a warrior https://t.co/BvC9tVVEPP
— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) November 29, 2019
It’s unclear if this new strategy will produce better results, but Allen did say that Gase may have an update on his condition on Monday. He went on to state that the Jets are “going to do everything [they] can to get him back.”
It’s clear that the Jets haven’t given up hope on Mosley just yet. And from the very little we’ve seen of the talented linebacker in a Jets uniform, it’s obvious that he would be a true difference-maker for the defense.
But at some point, you need to cut your losses and accept that he isn’t going to be able to play at 100% this season. It might just be wiser to allow him a full offseason to rehab as opposed to rushing him back again and making the issue worse.
It remains to be seen if he will play again this year, but it seems as though the Jets and C.J. Mosley are going to give it everything they’ve got to ensure a return in 2019.