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Jets' Trumaine Johnson not sure when he'll return from 'freakish' injury

Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson looks on during warmups

Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson looks on during warmups at training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson said he suffered a “freakish injury” in practice several weeks ago, and still isn’t sure when he will return.

Johnson said the quad injury that has kept him out of the last three games happened doing “everyday drills.” He didn’t practice again Wednesday so it appears he will miss a fourth straight game Sunday when the Jets are in Chicago.

“It’s a freakish injury,” Johnson said in his first interview in nearly a month. “I want to go out there and help my team win. At the position I play, I got to be out there at least a good percentage.

“It’s getting better daily. Hopefully, I’ll be out there soon."

The Jets gave Johnson a five-year, $72.5-million contract last offseason to be their No. 1 corner. He said he doesn’t feel any additional pressure to play because of that deal and sounded confident he wouldn’t miss much more time.  He said he suffered a similar injury, in the same spot, a few years ago with the Rams.

Jets coach Todd Bowles also was noncommittal when asked if Johnson would miss a couple more weeks. Bowles said he wouldn’t know until Johnson practices.

Ready to help

After asking to be released by the Titans because he was unhappy with his role, newly signed wide receiver Rishard Matthews said he will do whatever the Jets require.

“I fully understand the position I’m in,” Matthews said. “I put myself in this position. I played special teams to make it in this league. I don’t mind doing that. I don’t mind taking reps for the guys throughout the week so they can be fresh for the game. Whatever I got to do to get the trust and contribute I’m all for it.”

The Jets need a veteran receiver with Quincy Enunwa (ankle) out a few more weeks, so Matthews should play Sunday. Sam Darnold said he spent some extra time after practice with Matthews to try to start building chemistry. He said Matthews is learning the offense “like crazy.”

“He’s a great player,” Darnold said. “I know that we can kind of fit him everywhere. We’re able to put him in different spots, pretty versatile player. It’s really good whenever you have someone like him on your side of the ball.”

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The injury list remains long: Darron Lee (illness), Morris Claiborne (shoulder/foot), Spencer Long (knee/finger), Robby Anderson (ankle), Kelvin Beachum (back), Johnson and Enunwa didn’t practice. Marcus Maye (thumb), Buster Skrine (concussion) and Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot) were limited … The NFL announced that the Jets’ Saturday, Dec. 15 home game against the Texans will start at 4:30 p.m.

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