FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets hoped to get two big parts of their offense back this week, but now tight end Chris Herndon is hurt and in danger of missing Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
Herndon was supposed to rejoin the Jets at practice Wednesday after serving his four-game NFL suspension. But he suffered a hamstring injury while running routes at the team facility last Friday.
“It’s severe enough that he won’t be practicing” Adam Gase said. “We’ll see if we can get him back towards the end of the week. It’s a legit hamstring.”
Herndon was a main target last year for Sam Darnold, who's back after missing three games because of mono. But it may be a little while before they can connect again.
Hamstrings are tricky, and Gase said Herndon is “week-to-week,” which is an indication he likely won’t play Sunday. Also Herndon needs to go through some practices after not taking part in on-field team activities for more than a month.
“It’s not ideal,” Gase said.
Herndon, who caught four touchdown passes as a rookie, was allowed to use the facility and attend team meetings during his suspension for violating the NFL’s anti-drug policy. He was working out, getting ready for his return.
“I felt bad for him,” Gase said. “I know how he’s been itching to get back out there. It’s tough. You go through what you have to go through and you’re around but you can’t do anything. To finally get a chance to be on the field and now you can’t.”
Ryan Griffin, who has just five catches, will remain the starting tight end until Herndon returns.
Middle linebacker C.J. Mosley’s groin injury likely will force him to miss his fourth straight game. Gase called him “doubtful at best” for Sunday. Gase also said his injury was worse than they believed, but Mosley is close to returning.
“The injury was a little more severe than any of us felt or he felt,” Gase said. “We’re on the back end of this thing. We’re close. It’s been a long time. We’ve sent him everywhere and gone through the steps we need to go through and we have a good plan to get him back sooner than later. It was a little longer than any of us thought.”
Defensive end Henry Anderson (shoulder), left guard Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee/illness), punt returner Trenton Cannon (foot/ankle) and cornerback Nate Hairston (knee) didn’t practice. Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who missed the last two games with a calf issue, was limited … Outside linebacker Brandon Copeland returned after serving his four-game suspension for taking a PED. Copeland said he took a supplement that was “contaminated” and he’s in the process of suing the supplement company.