Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley might be sidelined again due to a nagging groin strain. The perennial Pro Bowler admitted Monday he’s still not able to cut or change directions after missing the fourth quarter of the Jets’ season-opening loss to the Bills.
Gregg Williams’ defense collapsed without Mosley in that first game.
“I’ve made a lot of progress,” said Mosley, who could miss his third consecutive game after missing only three in his first five seasons. “I don’t want to rush it and then make the injury worse than what it already is.”
Gang Green’s quarterback on defense revealed the location of the strain — the upper part of his quad — has contributed to the relatively slow healing process. Although Adam Gase was optimistic before the team’s hiatus during the bye week he’d have the veteran back for a road challenge against the Eagles on Sunday, it looks dubious now.
“Running straight ahead felt pretty good,” Mosley said. “Cutting and those type of motions are still… up in the air. That’s the part where I can’t really test it out because if I do… if I hurt it more, then it will set me back more. That’s been the tricky part. Just figuring out how to try to test that full-speed motion without damaging it more.”
Doctors have not told Mosley when he’ll be able to open up and try cutting at game speed, which is an indication he might be shelved at least one more week. Gase admitted neither Mosley nor outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who is considered “week-to-week” with a calf injury, would practice on Wednesday.
“There hasn’t been a setback,” Gase said. “Him and Jordan, both have injuries that are tough to get back to 100 percent on. With the amount of movement that C.J. has to do where he has to open up and burst, change direction, plant and drive, all those types of things, it has to react the way that he needs to react for him to play at the level that he needs to play at.”
“We got to get guys out at practice and see what they look like,” Gase said. “Every day that they don’t practice, it’s harder for us to evaluate as far as how are they football-shape wise. How is that going to work for them? So, we got to get those guys out at practice. Once we do that, then that evaluation process makes it a lot easier for us.”
However, the Jets did get some encouraging news on the injury with rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams’ impending return from a sprained ankle that he suffered in the season opener.
“It’s a tough situation with some of these injuries to our better players, but… that’s the NFL,” Gase said. “That’s going on across the league.”
The Patriots, who improved to 4-0 this weekend, have been ravaged along their offensive line en route to placing 10 players on Injured Reserve since the start of training camp.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who missed Week 3 after suffering hamstring and knee injuries in limited work in his debut a week earlier, is still being evaluated for his availability at practice this week.
Wide receiver/special teamer Josh Bellamy is week-to-week with a shoulder injury.