As the NY Jets prepare for their Week 14 matchup with the Houston Texans this coming Sunday, there's a chance they could be without one of their best offensive players, running back Breece Hall.
Hall did not participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday due to an ankle injury, putting his status for Sunday's game in question. However, if you ask Hall himself, he has no concerns.
Hall told ESPN's Rich Cimini on Thursday that he expects to play against the Texans on Sunday. Despite missing practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, Hall believes he will play in Week 14.
The Breece Hall injury might not be as bad as it seems
Despite Hall's impressive start to the 2023 season, his production has declined significantly in recent weeks. The Iowa State product has failed to top 50 rushing yards in a game since his career-best 177-yard performance against the Denver Broncos in Week 5.
That game was also the last time he averaged more than 3.6 yards per carry in a game. Hall has managed to remain productive in the receiving game, hauling in five or more catches in each of the last three weeks, but his inefficiency on the ground is notable.
Of course, it's impossible to blame the Jets' lack of rushing success all on Hall. No element of the Jets' offense is working right now, and when that's the case, it's hard to have any semblance of a ground game.
The Jets' offensive line, while marginally healthier, is still an injury-riddled mess and arguably the worst run-blocking unit in the NFL. The team also doesn't have a starting-caliber quarterback, and the less said about offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, the better.
Hall's production has tanked, but there's no denying he's still one of the most talented and integral players in this Jets offense. If he were to miss Sunday's game, the likes of Dalvin Cook and rookie Israel Abanikanda would be in line for an increased workload.
If the Jets have any chance to upset the Texans on Sunday, they're probably going to need their star running back. Here's to hoping Hall's self-prognosis is accurate.