Cunningham likely has Achilles tear

The Jets are preparing to go without linebacker Jermaine Cunningham this season as they believe he has a torn Achilles tendon that will keep him out for the year.

Cunningham left practice on Saturday with a leg injury to his right leg and couldn’t put weight in it. The staff was concerned with the injury and now it appears he will be lost for the season with the injury.

Cunningham appeared in two games for the Jets at the end of last season, but the team hoped that he would take snaps in pass-rushing situations.  He was expected to be a key reserve on defense.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It’s certainly a blow to the depth of the depth of the outside linebacking group, but Cunningham has struggled to stay healthy since the Patriots drafted him.  The team’s move of signing Jason Babin seems much more prescient in light of the grim news for Cunningham.

The injury to Cunningham opens the possibility for Antwan Barnes to return to the team this year.  Cunningham had a good offseason with the team and seemed a likely candidate to edge out Barnes for his roster spot as a result of Barnes’ slow recovery from an ACL tear last season.  If the Jets think that Barnes can be healthy in the next month, it might provide more depth for the team.

This also opens the possibilities for a player like Trevor Reilly. Reilly was the team’s seventh round draft pick and might see more work with the second team as a result.




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marc55
marc55

Maybe this will help Enemkpali and Reilly both get red shirt years.  I have heard nothing about Enemkpali so far.

bob
bob

I want a touch down. gimmie a touch down.

Dont worry guys there will be no Jet players hurt today I guanrantee it !

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

maybe we should give ricky sapp a call...just cut by the texans and knows our system 

williamg1
williamg1

When you come out of a scrimmage with only a marginal player getting seriously injured, its a win for the team. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Vernon Gholston and Bryan Thomas are ready and available.


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jdb4
jdb4

That Babin signing is looking pretty good

Bent
Bent moderator

" He was expected to be a key reserve on defense."


He was expected to be a key reserve on defense, but once they signed Babin I don't think he had any chance of making the 53 unless someone ahead of him got hurt.

Brendan
Brendan

@marc55 10. Remember the name, if you can. OK, so maybe you don’t have to commit IK Enemkpali to memory just yet. But the rookie linebacker had a solid day Sunday against fellow backups. He beat tight end Chris Pantale off the edge and swatted a Matt Simms throw. A few minutes later, Enemkpali got into the backfield and popped Daryl Richardson after he took a handoff. We’re talking about a sixth-round pick in his first training camp, so let’s not get carried away. But credit to Enemkpali for his good day.




This is in line with most of what I've seen on Twitter, he's been doing solid work, mostly against backups, but has at least shown the skillset that the team saw when they took him. 

juunit
juunit

I don't understand the obsession around this guy. He's a 5th rounder whose been cut from 3 different teams. Including being cut multiple times by us. His career stats are a grand total of 3 tackles.

We need to just accept the fact that Ricky Sapp isn't good and doesn't have an NFL future.

juunit
juunit

Why couldn't it have been Lyerla instead?

harold
harold

@Bent 


Exact same thing I said when I read it this morning.  If this was still minicamp maybe.  But once camp started Cunningham was as good as gone.

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

@Bent That's exactly what I was thinking. Plus, if you figure that we carry Trevor Reilly and Ik Enemkpali on our 53, theres really not a lot of spots available there. But now this makes me wonder... I had a feeling someone was going to get hurt yesterday, and hurt bad. On 98.7 one of the announcers said "Looks like Rex is already going off script here in Cortland" referring to the extra snaps that the first and second team's were taking before the half. I guess technically there were only allowed 2 or 3 and they went give another shot or two to put up some points. At that point I thought that just because Rex was "going off script" that someone was going to get hurt and unfortunately I was right. Do you think this will do anything to the G&W scrimmage in the future?

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@J. Smooth 

  Unfinished business J Smooth! Brooks has been retired for more than six years. Do you want to let it end this way with throwing Thomas away like that after he gave everything to the Green and White and didn't mind playing for a veteran minimum and have the jets not even try Gholston with an actual defensive line? 

jvsvn
jvsvn

@Mike Milea @Bent They make a thing out of the G & W but it's just a gloried practice session. Unfortunately, this is football, Guys have the potential for injury every time they step on the field.  This is devastating for a guy like Cunningham who hasn't yet established himself as a contributor on an NFL roster. But it's always the same story. It creates an opportunity for someone else. IK, Reilly, Troy Davis will now get more opportunities in preseason.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Mike Milea @Bent


They didn't really go off-script, it was obviously just because there weren't many extended drives so they didn't get enough reps in.  If they went three and out five times, that's 15 plays.  If they had five 10-play drives, that's 50 plays.  So you can't really say "right, we'll do X drives with the first team and Z with the second unit".  Obviously they wanted somewhere in between and adjusted accordingly.


I was surprised that the announcers were shocked when Geno had a series with the twos, like that was so unexpected?

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@joemustgo giants look like they are going to have a pretty good running game this year and the bills defensive line with the 2 williams's look pretty good also...even tho its preseason i really cant wait to see how geno looks this year 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Bryan Thomas assaulted his wife. He deserved a lot worse than being released by the Jets. 

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

Yes. All of those things are absolutely fine with me.

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

@Bent @Mike Milea The announcers have been getting on my nerves a bit because like you said, the "shocking" reaction to Geno taking reps with the twos was a joke... They HAD to know the Geno was going to take reps with the twos, but if they acted shocked that thats whats happening, it makes the people listening in think that Geno taking reps with the twos is something out of the ordinary, something to think about, something AGAINST Geno... And now every time someone makes a catch on Milliner, all you hear is "Well there's a catch with the best D-back in the NFL in coverage." The same stuff is spoken about day in and day out, they cant come up with any other material... Like talking about how many receivers the team might carry, or D backs. Talk about the 5 game stretch the Jets have against top 10 offenses and Quarterbacks. Its a joke that all that's spoken about now is our teams newly found confidence and the QB "competition".

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

Yes Brendan. Bryan Thomas gave everything to the jets including playing his last five seasons with a completely ripped up shoulder. He gave everything  including holding the line when the jets didn't have the strength on the defensive line up front and took one for the team when he tore his achilles against the ravens on sunday night in 2011. He played his hardest despite Rex jerking him around by not putting Harrison in in 2012 and he only did on goal line when the team was inches away from scoring. That same year he gave his all despite suffering a torn pectoral muscle from Eugene Monroe and up to that point letting everything out on the field before he was slowed down due to the injury and Rex still jerking him around by not putting in Harrison. I say the jets did use him like a cheap shirt but all he wanted was to play for the veteran's minimum.


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Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@J. Smooth 

 Come on JSmooth I know you are suffering deep down inside. Come on out and standup for your beliefs.

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Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

On the subject of his domestic abuse. Don't you think that his injury and the fact that his love for football (especially football being his livelihood) might have something to do with the frustration built up that his wife simply couldn't get him to stop? I know she was questioning him after he wasn't signed. She was  pressing the issue of keeping their house, paying bills, etc. He was wrong to put his hands on his wife but he should not be crucified for the state that he was in during his tenure with the jets.

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Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@rkymtnjet 

 Hey rkymtnjet do like that Strahan has taken a record from the jets very own Mark Gastineau? WE ALL KNOW FARVE CHICKEN KNEELED TO GIVE HIM THE RECORD!!!

  Who's side are you on anyway?

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Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Disgruntled Jets Fan 

Go back and re-read my comments I said he was wrong for putting his hands on his wife. I am defending him for what he did for the jets and that he should not have been treated the way he was treated by the jets.


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Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Bent 

  Good morning Bent (or good afternoon Bent over in England). I wanted to put you and Brendan and Disgruntled in the right frame of mind. This is real life and I can see what goes on is not all peaches and cream. I do not defend him for putting his hands on his wife. I strongly believe that his frustration should be acknowledged within football and that every jet fan should know what kind of a player he was to the jets and they should be happy that he was a loyal solider and what he was able to do with the jets. I think the jet fans should know what was the cause of the frustration and that Rex didn't help him. He just used him without giving the rest of the defensive line (including him) help so that the next guy could come up without paying any attention to him.


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