New York Jets dealing with more illnesses to Robby Anderson and others
By Justin Fried
The New York Jets continue to deal with illnesses to players on their roster with wide receiver Robby Anderson among others missing practice.
The New York Jets have run into a streak of misfortune this season unrivaled by most, and that misfortune continues to strike.
With an extra few days off following a Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week, the Jets are expected to enter this Sunday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers with their healthiest roster in quite some time.
Both Jamal Adams and Quinnen Williams are expected to return this week after missing time with injuries which is sure to provide a boost to the defense. But aside from injuries, the Jets continue to struggle with illnesses.
Wide receiver Robby Anderson was sent home from practice on Wednesday because of an illness that he is suffering from. And Anderson isn’t the only Jets player who’s missed time this week with an illness.
Both linebacker B.J. Bello and defensive back Bennett Jackson were limited on Wednesday after popping up on the injury report. Fortunately, both were listed as full participants during Thursday’s practice signaling that their recovery has gone well.
Anderson’s illness, however, does seem more severe.
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Neither Bello nor Jackson was held out of practice entirely let alone sent home because of their illness. Anderson was much worse than a limited participant, he wasn’t even allowed to be at the facility.
This isn’t the first illness to a key offensive player that the Jets have dealt with this year either.
Running back Le’Veon Bell now infamously suffered through an illness that forced him to miss the team’s Week 14 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Of course, the entire manufactured bowling scandal then dominated headlines for a few days.
Hopefully, there isn’t a repeat of that overblown event again.
If Anderson is forced to miss any time it would come at an unfortunate time for the speedy wideout. Anderson has come into his own over these last few weeks and is playing his best football of the season right now.
The Temple product has 22 catches for 370 yards and two touchdowns over his past four games as he’s quickly become quarterback Sam Darnold‘s go-to option in the passing game.
And with his contract set to expire in the offseason, these next two games are going to be crucial as he looks to convince the Jets — or another team — to pay him top dollar in free agency.
If he misses this week, he misses an opportunity to prove himself ahead of his first trip to unrestricted free agency.
Hopefully Anderson could follow in the footsteps of his teammates and return back to practice before long.