On Wednesday, Folk had a “tweak” he suffered during practice while taking a field goal kick. Due to the soft nature of the practice fields in December, Folk slipped slightly during his follow-thru, causing him to land awkwardly on his left foot and his back to react. It wasn’t anything major but enough for him to get wrapped up and treated after practice.
“I just skipped and had to catch myself with my left foot. Just tweaked it,” Folk told The Jets Blog.
“I just had to re-balance to catch myself and that’s when it happened, just tweaked it a bit. It was nothing major. In fact, it is feeling a lot better today.”
It is a bit of good news for the Jets who have benefited greatly from Folk’s calming presence and sure-footedness this year.
This season, Folk has made 17-of-22 field goal attempts with two of those misses coming off blocked kicks where the line let a defender slip by. It is a solid overall season for Folk, now in his third year with the Jets, as he’s kicking as well as he has since 2008 in Dallas. That year he was 20-of-22 on field goal attempts.
Folk is also 28-for-28 on extra point attempts this season. In fact in his career he has made all of his 240 extra points attempts, a point of pride for the kicker.
Sadly, the two blocked kicks could well keep Folk from being considered for the Pro Bowl despite a year where he is enjoying success despite the limitations of the Jets offense.
The slight mid-back injury didn’t keep Folk from practicing on Thursday and he received treatment as well.
“I kicked fine today, no big deal, “ Folk said. “It didn’t [bother me] today. It’s a little tight, it is the end of the season and I just want to make sure that I don’t hurt the team first and foremost or hurt myself.”
“But I felt fine and kicked fine today. It didn’t bother me so that’s good.”
Kristian R. Dyer is a Jets beat reporter for Metro New York and contributes to The Jets Blog. Follow him at @KristianRDyer for Jets breaking news and info from Florham Park.