NY Jets’ wide receiver Denzel Mims injured his other hamstring in practice.
Head coach Adam Gase spoke to reporters following Friday’s practice and had some unfortunate news to share about Mims.
Gase said that Mims, who had dealt with a hamstring injury throughout pretty much all of training camp, injured his other hamstring in practice and likely won’t be playing this Sunday in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
To quote him exactly, Gase said that “it’s not looking good” when asked about Mims’ status for Sunday. Obviously, for both the Jets and their rookie wideout, this is a major blow.
After missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury, Mims finally returned to practice this week and looked to be ready to take the field for his debut on Sunday. But before that could happen, the injury bug bit the team again and Mims injured his “good” hamstring.
Now, Gase did say that this injury doesn’t appear to be nearly as serious as his last. So perhaps that means he’s just forced to miss this upcoming week.
Gase spoke about how he was “fired up” to see Mims back on the field and that he started “juicing it up” in Thursday’s practice. Mims reportedly looked great in his limited time on the practice field prior to his injury,
And now he finds himself once again watching from the sidelines.
The NY Jets knew that Denzel Mims would be a project coming out of college.
Coming out of Baylor, Mims was a player who many thought would need some time to develop in the NFL. A dominant physical specimen, Mims needed to work on learning the nuances of the position to further polish his game.
Unfortunately, a limited offseason has hindered his development and his training camp absence certainly did him no favors. At this point, it’s difficult to see Mims playing a prominent role in the offense any time soon — maybe not even this year.
Gase didn’t rule out placing Mims on injured reserve either and said that he’d have to speak with general manager Joe Douglas about it.
Either way, this is obviously disappointing news and the Jets will hope to see their second-round pick make his NFL debut as soon as possible.