After a one-game return, C.J. Mosley won’t partake in the New York Jets’ Sunday tilt. This time, his absence could be even longer.
According to Adam Gase, New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley won’t return to the field any time soon.
In his Friday morning press briefing, the head coach announced that the former All-Pro linebacker will not play on Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS).
“C.J. Mosley is out this week. We’ll know more information after we get through this game as far as what we’re going to be doing, what he’s going to be doing,” Gase said. He would further hint that placing Mosley on injured reserve was possible, remarking, “I think everything’s on the table right now” when prompted about such a move.
Mosley returned to action on Monday night in the Jets’ 33-0 loss to New England. He previously partook only in the Jets’ opening weekend contest against Buffalo, earning six tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown before missing a majority of the second half with a groin issue. The linebacker had three tackles against the Patriots but was missing his usual burst and rush off the snap. He admitted after the game that he was still feeling some aftereffects from the injury, but expressed interest in playing through it.
“Where it’s at, it’ll affect every move that I make at my position,” Mosley said. “Unless I don’t play at all, that’s the only way it’s going to get better. So that’s not really in my plans, not to play for the rest of the season.”
“I felt it, it felt like a pulled muscle…Just kind of affecting when I was cutting and things like that. But for the most part, I was trying to run as fast as I could, trying to play my normal style of football.”
The Jets (1-5) are somewhat depleted at the linebacker spot, particularly on the inside. Mosley and rookie Blake Cashman were the only active interior backers on Monday with Neville Hewitt and Albert McClellan each out due to injury. Gase mentioned on Friday that Hewitt (neck/knee) would be limited in practice before the Jets ship off to Jacksonville. Outside man Brandon Copeland has also taken reps on in the inside this week.
A practice squad call-up is also possible with Mosley officially out. Preseason participants James Burgess and Frankie Luvu are the likely promotees.