The NY Jets suffered worse injury luck than almost any other NFL team in 2021, and they'll certainly be hoping for better fortune this season. Thus far, to this point, there's been little to speak of in regard to injuries at OTAs.
This makes sense given that the Jets haven't exactly been participating in high-octane drills. However, one significant player was noticeably seen riding the medical bike on the sideline during Wednesday's practice.
Tight end C.J. Uzomah was spotted on the sideline and was held out of practice on Wednesday. Of course, many began to fear the worst for a player who does have a sizable recent injury history.
Fortunately, The Athletic's Connor Hughes reported later in the day that Uzomah's injury is not considered to be serious and that "he'll be fine moving forward."
The NY Jets are being careful with C.J. Uzomah's injury
This is likely little more than a case of the Jets just being extra cautious with one of their most notable free-agent signings. It's also unclear whether this is a new or existing injury.
Uzomah did suffer an MCL sprain in the AFC Championship Game and could still be feeling the effects of that injury. He also tore his Achilles the previous season, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the Jets were limiting his workload due to prior injuries.
Either way, this doesn't seem like something to be concerned about. Uzomah will be fine, the Jets are just playing it safe.
The Jets have high hopes for their tight end room in 2022, and Uzomah is expected to be a big part of it. The 29-year-old was signed to a three-year, $24 million contract this past offseason with the hope that he could be the Jets' best tight end in over a decade.
Paired with fellow free-agent signing Tyler Conklin and rookie Jeremy Ruckert, Uzomah will look to reignite a position that has been stagnant in the Jets offense for far too long.
To do so, he'll need to stay healthy. Thankfully, that doesn't seem to be an issue at this time.