The NY Jets saw a number of players join the injury report following Tuesday’s practice.
The NY Jets have felt the full force of a COVID-19-limited offseason as the injury bug has bitten the team harder than most.
Injuries were always expected given the unorthodox nature of this offseason, but the Jets seem to be adding three new players to the injury report every day with very few returning.
It isn’t a sustainable ratio and it’s an issue that has many fans concerned. Tuesday’s practice only added to those concerns with a few more players — some very important parts of the roster — added to the injury report.
At the same time, the Jets did see a couple of players return and receive some good news regarding the status of a few injured individuals.
Let’s take a brief look at the status of each injured player.
NY Jets’ new injuries
Jamison Crowder, Chris Hogan, Braxton Berrios, and Chris Herndon all left practice early with what is being described as “tightness.” Crowder indicated that his injury wasn’t serious and that it was a lower-leg issue. Herndon’s injury is related to his chest, but test results revealed no structural damage.
Rookie offensive lineman Cameron Clark left practice early with issues related to dehydration. Meanwhile, backup offensive tackle Chuma Edoga sat out with a non-COVID-19-related illness.
NY Jets’ existing injuries
La’Mical Perine was carted off the field during Sunday’s practice, but the early word is that the injury is only a low-ankle sprain meaning that it isn’t nearly as severe as first anticipated.
Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor will reportedly miss 4-5 weeks with a knee injury he suffered over a week ago on August 22nd.
Cornerback Pierre Desir remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, but head coach Adam Gase said that he hopes he will be back by the end of the week. The same is true for Denzel Mims who has also missed all of training camp with the same injury.
Wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Lawrence Cager both sat out again with knee injuries. Perriman was expected to return last Saturday, but clearly that hasn’t happened. Cager’s was considered minor, but swelling has made the injury more troublesome.
Wide receiver Jeff Smith sat out of practice and will reportedly miss 1-2 weeks with a shoulder sprain.
Safety Marcus Maye was held out with a calf injury that he suffered during Sunday’s practice, although it doesn’t appear to be anything significant. Rookie Ashtyn Davis started in his place.
Outside linebacker Tarell Basham remains sidelined with an ankle injury while rookie Jabari Zuniga has yet to practice while dealing with a quadriceps injury.
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NY Jets’ returning players
Slot cornerback Brian Poole was back practicing in individual drills and 11-on-11s after missing the entirety of training camp to this point with a severe reaction to dehydration. Poole described it as a “kind of scary” experience.
Starting right guard Greg Van Roten returned to practice after missing a few days with an oblique injury.
Backup safety Matthias Farley and backup running back Josh Adams also returned to practice after missing time with hamstring injuries. Adams’ return was especially important given the lack of running back depth on the roster.
With new players joining the injury report every day, this list will surely be updated in the near future. Here’s to hoping that the Jets manage to get healthier before the season opener in less than two weeks’ time.