The Jets were expecting to get another weapon back to their offense this week, but their luck continues to go sideways.
Tight end Chris Herndon, who has been suspended the past four games due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, suffered a hamstring injury, head coach Adam Gase revealed on Wednesday. His injury occurred while running routes in preparation for his return this week.
Gase was blunt when asked about his reaction to Herndon's injury.
"Not ideal," he told the media.
"See if we can get him back by the end of the week, but it's a legit hamstring (injury)."
Gase said he feels for Herndon, who he knows was working hard to get back on the field and impact the Jets immediately. In his rookie season last year, Herndon developed some good chemistry with Sam Darnold, collecting 502 yards and four touchdowns on 39 receptions over 16 games (12 starts).
So not only did the suspension hurt the Jets' offense, which was looking forward to seeing that quarterback-tight end connection again, but now it's unknown when Herndon will be healthy enough to return.
The same goes for LB C.J. Mosley, who is still working his way back from his groin strain he suffered in Week 1. Gase went in depth on the situation, admitting that the Jets thought they could push him a little bit to get him back on the field sooner.
He said "we're close" to seeing the defensive captain return, but noted him to be "doubtful at best" against the Cowboys this week.
"We've talked about this as far as our expectations of him being able to get back sooner, I think he was on board with that," Gase said. "We all thought it was going to happen. I think the injury was a little more severe than any of us felt. We're on the back end of this thing. We're close."
Mosley was a clear difference-maker in the middle of the defense, but that was only three quarters in the first game of the season. The Jets will certainly hope he can make a return sooner rather than later.
Also on the injury updates were RB Trenton Cannon (foot/ankle), CB Nate Hairston (knee), DE Henry Anderson (shoulder) and OL Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee/illness) all out of practice on Wednesday. However, a semi-positive update was Jordan Jenkins (calf) being a limited practice participant after being out the past two games.