The Jets announced that they have placed tight end Eric Tomlinson on IR and signed Clive Walford. Rich Cimini is reporting that Tomlinson got hurt in the weight room.
The New York Jets lost their top blocking tight end this week because of a freak accident in the weight room, typifying their awful season.
While working out Wednesday after practice, Eric Tomlinson dropped a weight on his foot, lacerated two toes and required surgery, a source told ESPN.
We've signed TE Clive Walford and placed TE Eric Tomlinson on IR.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 27, 2018
Tomlinson, in his third season with the Jets, played in all 15 games this season with 12 starts. He was in for 353 plays on offense and 224 on special teams and threw one of the number of key blocks on Andre Roberts’ kickoff-return touchdown against Green Bay. Tomlinson had eight receptions for 72 yards. For his career, he’s played in 36 games (29 starts) with 16 catches for 193 yards and one TD catch last season.
Walford (6’4″, 258) was Oakland’s third-round pick in 2015 and played his first three seasons for the Raiders. He was acquired by the Jets on waivers from Oakland in April, played in all four Jets preseason games, and led the team with seven receptions (tied with rookie RB Trenton Cannon) and 92 yards. He was waived on Sept. 1.