Jets S Jamal Adams had tears in his eyes when he was talking after Sunday's loss to the Bengals, and it was mainly due to the boot on his foot.
Well, head coach Adam Gase revealed Monday the reason for that boot was an ankle sprain for the Pro Bowl safety.
Gase added that Adams will undergo an MRI and "that kind of stuff" to further assess the injury. He will be considered "legit week-to-week," and Gase doesn't believe that he'll be practicing this week.
"I'm going to lean on him a lot, too, as far as how he feels," Gase explained. "We want to make sure he's good to go before we put him back out there. I just want to make sure he's in the right place physically so he can play his style of ball, which is basically -- he's the heartbeat of our defense and we need him to be able to go full throttle and he's got to feel right to get back out there."
Adams said the injury came in the first series of the game, but he played through the pain.
"Obviously a freak accident happened and we don't really know -- I couldn't perform as myself," he said at his locker after Sunday's loss. "But I'm really upset that we fell short. That's the ultimate goal. It's not about me, it's about this team. We didn't play well enough to get the win and you have got to give Cincinnati credit.
"I couldn't perform, but I felt like if I just shut it down, I was letting my teammates down. I couldn't do that."
Over the past three games heading into the Cincinnati bout, Adams was playing out of his mind. He had 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, with one going for a touchdown and 20 combined tackles.
So, while it looks like Adams is highly questionable to play this week against the Dolphins at home, Blake Countess and Matthias Farley are both on the depth chart and could fill in. Gregg Williams may also want Marcus Maye to potentially step in Adams' role.