Chris Herndon
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Sam Darnold returns, but the New York Jets and their fans will have to wait at least one more week for Chris Herndon’s sophomore debut.

Even happy returns end in heartbreak for the 2019 New York Jets. In the same week that Sam Darnold was cleared for a return to the field, another rearrival will likely be delayed.

According to head coach Adam Gase, Chris Herndon might not make his 2019 debut against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS).

The tight end suffered a medical setback last Friday, injuring his hamstring while running routes. Herndon did not practice on Wednesday.

“(We’ll) see if we can get him back towards the end of the week but it’s legit, it’s a legit hamstring,” Gase said, per transcripts from the Jets. “I feel bad for him just because he has been waiting to get back. For that to happen, I know the guys were looking forward to him getting back too.”

Herndon, set to enter his second season out of Miami, missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension stemming from a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

His rookie season produced 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns. Each of those marks was good for the second-best best on the team.

Gase had further negative injury news on linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin), whom Gase said was “doubtful” to face the Cowboys. Mosley hasn’t played since the second half of the Week 1 loss to Buffalo. Guard Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee/illness), likewise, did not practice on Wednesday.

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