Marcus Maye
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The injuries are piling up at New York Jets camp, as head coach Adam Gase explains. Plus, the return of Marcus Maye highlights a Sunday in Florham Park.

Robby Sabo

FLORHAM PARK, NJ—This is football. Injuries are simply a part of the natural process.

Missing from a Sunday practice in Florham Park was linebacker Avery Williamson. New York Jets head coach Adam Gase revealed the SAM is dealing with a foot issue that popped up after Thursday night’s game.

“Avery (Williamson) had a foot after the game,” Gase said after Sunday’s practice.

Perhaps the most alarming injury is owned by right guard Brian Winters. As of now, Gase isn’t offering up much, calling it “week-to-week.”

Leonard Williams was also absent on this day. The team is taking it incredibly slow with his hip. Blake Cashman is also dealing with a calf/hamstring.

A fresh injury coming from the most recent session comes in the form of CB No. 1. Trumaine Johnson came up hobbling after picking off Sam Darnold for (at least) the fourth time in teams this training camp. Gase called it a hamstring.

“(Brian) Winters, he’s going to be week-to-week with a shoulder, Leonard (Williams) still got the hip, we’re going to be slow with that,” Gase proclaimed. “We’re just going to make sure he’s alright before we really get him going again. (Blake) Cashman had calf/hamstring kind of carryover from the game, he’s kind of been battling that and then Trumaine (Johnson) had a hamstring today. As far as what happened with (Chandler) Catanzaro, he came in Friday morning and told me he was done. He was retired so after that, I just went up, told Joe (Douglas), Joe got on the horn, brought in a bunch of guys, worked them out.”

The Retiring Kicker

The big news of the day revolved around the placekicker. Chandler Catanzaro, mired in a slump not overlooked by fans, suddenly retired on Sunday morning.

The Jets first-year head coach appreciated how the veteran handled the situation.

“No, I didn’t,” Gase answered as to whether or not he knew Catanzaro was thinking about retirement. “I appreciate the fact that he came in there, he could have easily ridden it out and seen what happened but I appreciate him doing that at that time and just being straight with me.”

The Return of Marcus Maye

Marcus Maye’s return to full practice action served as the Jets greatest positive of the day. Rontez Miles is still firmly locked in as the No. 1 centerfielder (the single-high free safety in Gregg Williams’s defense), but it’s only a matter of time (as long as Maye remains healthy).

“Just excited, just happy. I’ve been itching to get back out there for a while,” Maye told reporters after practice.

Other News & Notes

  • Sam Darnold enjoyed a solid day from a team-session perspective. On one play, he delivered a late intermediate out that could have been dangerous if the cornerback had played it better. It came on an exotic Williams blitz.
  • Signed kicker Taylor Bertolet drilled his first three tries of the day. The crowd (public practice) went wild, making the appreciation known.
  • Frankie Luvu enjoyed a nice day while playing with the first-team defense. With Avery Williamson and Blake Cashman both out, Luvu and Neville Hewitt played alongside C.J. Mosley in the 4-3 base. Brandon Copeland, much like Luvu, is seeing time at both edge and on the second level in the 4-3.

The Jets will get back at it on Monday morning from Northern Jersey.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]