The New York Jets won’t have Brandon Copeland for the first four weeks of the season. But the linebacker vows to overcome this obstacle.
The New York Jets are experiencing early adversity. After linebacker Avery Williamson was lost for the season due to injury, the team learned they were losing Brandon Copeland for the first four games of the season.
Copeland’s suspension due to a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The linebacker took to Instagram to explain himself and he vows to come back stronger from it.
Copeland doesn’t hold much back in his caption, making sure he gets everything off his chest. Although blaming a contaminated supplement might seem like a cop-out, Copeland takes full-responsibility after explaining the reason for the failed test.
The University of Pennsylvania product tallied five sacks and 34 tackles in 16 games for the Jets last season. He’s no superstar, that’s for sure, but he was a potential starter nonetheless.
Second-year tight end Chris Herndon was also hit with a four-game suspension, making Copeland the second potential starter the Jets are losing to suspension.
To make matters worse, the Jets have little margin for error in the early part of the season.
New York hosts the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns in the first two weeks of the year. A game against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, an early Week 4 bye, and a trip down I-95 to meet the Philadelphia Eagles follows.
The Jets will be shorthanded to start the year and fans are just hoping that it doesn’t result in a sour start.