The NY Jets are the most injured team in the NFL (again)

NY Jets, Marcus Maye
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It seems like every year the NY Jets are hit with an unprecedented string of injuries. Sure, every NFL team is forced to deal with injuries, but many Jets fans certainly believe that their team is hit harder than most.

And they would be right. The Jets have had an almost unparalleled string of injury luck over the last three seasons. Once again, they rank dead-last in the NFL when it comes to being healthy.

Using a statistic called "Banged Up Score" or B.U.S. — a statistic that calculates how injuries impact overall team and player performance — the Jets are the most injured team in the entire NFL.

This isn't some one-year diversion either. The Jets have dealt with a string of ridiculously bad injury luck dating back to the 2019 season. They just haven't been able to catch a break.

Why do the NY Jets continue to deal with so many injuries?

Using Football Outsiders' "Adjusted Games Lost" metric — the only one with a historical database to reference — the Jets ranked 29th in the NFL in 2020 and dead-last in 2019 in terms of injuries.

In fact, it wasn't even close in 2019. The Jets' adjusted games lost was a whopping 160.1. Only one other team even scored above a 103.0, that being the Washington Football Team who had a score of 131.0

For reference, the healthiest team in 2019 was the Minnesota Vikings with just 25.6 adjusted games lost. The Jets had over six times that.

Factoring in each of the last three seasons, the Jets have easily been the most injured team across the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers being the only other team in the same stratosphere.

Why is that? Could it be the training staff? The MetLife turf? The Jets curse? In reality, while people will want to point fingers and blame something or someone, it most likely just comes down to dumb luck.

The Jets have changed strength & conditioning coaches over that time with Robert Saleh bringing in Mike Nicolini from San Francisco this season. They reworked their training staff after that injury-riddled 2019 season.

Sometimes, there just isn't anyone to blame. Things just happen. In this case, bad, unfortunate things.

The Jets have seen the likes of Carl Lawson, Mekhi Becton, Corey Davis, Zach Wilson, Michael Carter, Elijah Moore, Marcus Maye, Jarrad Davis, Vinny Curry, Tyler Kroft, Bryce Huff, Lamarcus Joyner, Brandin Echols, Kyle Phillips, and Jamien Sherwood miss all or at least a significant portion of the season in 2021.

All 15 of those players were counted on as either starters or key contributors. And given how difficult it is for rebuilding franchises to acquire depth, it shouldn't be a surprise to see how much the Jets have struggled. The same goes for the Detroit Lions who rank 30th in health this season.

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Maybe there's something in the water in Florham Park. Whatever the case may be, the Jets continue to be victims of the injury bug. Their bad luck is unrivaled by any other NFL team.