On Wednesday, Jets head coach Todd Bowles announced RB Bilal Powell needed surgery on a neck injury, and it was "possible" it was career-threatening.
Luckily, that is no longer the case.
Calling it a "misunderstanding of things," Bowles took to the podium after practice Thursday to say Powell is expected to return next season.
Todd Bowles says Bilal Powell's neck injury isn't career-threatening "and he's expected to recover fully for next year" pic.twitter.com/Bbkjt47wHd- SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) October 25, 2018
"He does have the same thing [WR] Quincy [Enunwa] has," Bowles said. "He will get surgery and he is expected to recover fully next year."
Enunwa suffered a bulging disc last season that forced him out for the whole year. According to Bowles, that is what Powell is dealing with now.
Powell's injury occurred during the team's Week 7 matchup against the Vikings. He had five rushes for 20 yards in the contest. So far this season, Powell rushed for 343 yards on 80 carries with one touchdown reception as well.
With Powell out, Isaiah Crowell will likely see an increase in touches for the rest of the season. He was playing through a foot injury against the Vikings, where he had 11 carries for 29 yards. Trenton Cannon is also on the roster, and Eli McGuire is set to come back at some point this season as well.