NY Jets: OL Cameron Clark leaves practice in an ambulance

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The NY Jets held their first training camp practice with pads on Tuesday. But the practice came to an unfortunately early end when backup offensive lineman Cameron Clark suffered what could be a serious injury.

On what would be the final play of the afternoon, Clark went down with an apparent neck injury and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance.

Teammates quickly surrounded Clark as doctors rushed onto the field. Head coach Robert Saleh made the decision to end practice early as a result.

It's unclear at the time of writing how significant the injury is. We will provide further updates as they are revealed.

The NY Jets hoped that Cameron Clark could take the next step in 2021.

The Jets drafted Clark in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft viewing him as a long-term project who could develop into a starter. Unfortunately, his rookie season was a bit of a dud.

A shoulder injury kept Clark sidelined for most of training camp and he would be placed on the injured reserve before the season started with a knee injury.

That injury kept him sidelined for about half of the season, but even upon his return, he wasn't able to see the field. Reports suggested that Clark was "not ready to go" implying that he was still a ways away from playing in-game snaps.

None of that was particularly surprising, though, given that Clark was not only facing a steep increase in the level of competition coming from Charlotte, but that he was learning a new position switching over to guard after playing tackle in college.

Clark was always seen as a project coming out of college which is why many were excited to see what he could do with a full offseason of development.

Unfortunately, this injury could prevent that from happening.

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Our thoughts are with Cameron Clark and here's to hoping that the injury isn't as serious as it appears.