The lasting picture from Muhammad Wilkerson’s last dwelling Jets sport will likely be this: The defensive lineman sitting on the sting of the bench in black sweatpants, a inexperienced sweatshirt and pink Nike sneakers, a neck-warmer masking his mouth, as his teammates ready for battle with out him.
Wilkerson was a wholesome inactive for Sunday’s 14-7 loss to the Chargers at MetLife Stadium, a call for which Todd Bowles took sole duty.
Bowles left Wilkerson at dwelling for final week’s loss on the Saints after the previous first-round choose arrived late for a crew assembly. That marked the second time this season Bowles benched Wilkerson for tardiness, and at the very least the fourth time previously three seasons.
The Jets will lower Wilkerson after this season to avoid wasting $11 million in cap area – and maybe extra importantly, save themselves from the continued headache of getting Wilkerson across the constructing. He has totally did not stay as much as the five-year, $86 million deal he signed earlier than 2016.
When requested if Wilkerson will play subsequent week within the season finale on the Patriots, Bowles stated, “We’ll see.” But it surely’s a digital certainty at this level that Wilkerson is not going to be energetic. If Wilkerson suffers a catastrophic harm, his $16.75 million 2018 wage turns into assured. The Jets cannot danger it.
Regardless of the monetary incentives, although, Wilkerson practiced absolutely this week. Bowles defined that call.
“All people wholesome practices,” he stated. “He did not know if he was going to play. I did not know if he was going to play.”
Jets quarterback Bryce Petty felt stinging in his hand late within the first half when he made contact with middle Jonotthan Harrison’s helmet after releasing a throw. As a he shook his hand and seemed to be in ache, backup Christian Hackenberg grabbed his helmet, put it on and started warming up, initially signaling that he is likely to be getting into the sport.
However the anticipation was for naught. Petty did not miss a snap and performed the remainder of the sport – albeit very poorly. Petty stated after the sport he did not count on to bear X-rays.
“It is a response,” Hackenberg stated after the sport of placing his helmet on. “You are able to play. I attempt to keep as locked in as I can. I do not need anybody to be damage. That is actually unhealthy in the event you’re wishing that on anybody.”
The Jets’ lone landing Sunday got here on a 57-yard scamper from Bilal Powell, who completed with 145 yards. On the play, a pitch to the left, Harrison sprinted out of forward of Powell and led the working again all the way in which down the sphere and, ultimately, into the tip zone.
“I simply noticed some inexperienced grass, actually,” Harrison stated with a chuckle after the sport. “That is each O lineman’s dream.”
Harrison began instead of Wes Johnson, who was energetic however did not play due to a hip harm he suffered final week in New Orleans.
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams left the sport with a hip harm and did not return. Proper deal with Brandon Shell sustained a concussion on the ultimate play of the primary half whereas tackling Keenan Allen, who had picked off a Petty Hail Mary try.