Carl Lawson was injured today in the joint practice with the Green Bay Packers.
#Jets pass-rusher Carl Lawson, one of their big free agent signings, suffered a lower leg at practice today and he’s having an MRI on his Achilles, per me and @MikeGarafolo. If it is torn, Lawson would be out for the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 19, 2021
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) August 19, 2021
But his presence gave the Jets so much hope – hope that their young secondary would be protected because quarterbacks would be rushed, hope that their defense would be able to carry an offense and a rookie quarterback that would likely struggle to find its way, and hope that maybe these baby Jets could pull off a few more close victories than anyone outside expects.
The pop of his Achilles, though, was like a pin in the Jets’ balloon. The air of excitement and hope and cautious optimism around the defense and the team suddenly just fizzled out. If he is lost for the season, it is a huge emotional blow as much as it is a physical one. It will be the first real crisis Saleh has to face in his seven-month-old head coaching career.
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