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Jets cautiously optimistic about CJ Mosley’s return [UPDATE: Participating in Individuals 10/17]

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A week after the return of their starting quarterback, the Jets are hoping for the return of their defensive quarterback.

Coach Adam Gase said inside linebacker C.J. Mosley will do some positional drills at practice Thursday as he tries to return from a groin injury that has cost him the past four games. If he comes through that OK, the next step is team drills, then the Jets can decide whether he can return Monday against the Patriots.

“I’m hopeful for [Thursday] that he’ll be able to do individual [drills] and we’ll see how it goes,” Gase said. “I think we’re just taking this minute to minute. At the end of the day, we want to make the right decision whatever we decide to do. This is going to be more than just me saying, ‘Hey, he looks good,’ and the trainers. I think this is going to be the full organization with C.J. involved as far as what’s best for him.”

Mosley was signed to a five-year, $85 million deal with $51 million guaranteed to be a the center of the defense. That investment looked like a wise one through the first three quarters of their Week 1 game against the Bills. Mosley was all over the field making plays. He returned an interception for the Jets’ first touchdown of the year. He had a fumble recovery. He was going sideline to sideline making tackles. He even broke up a long pass in the end zone.

It was on that play that Mosley injured his groin. The Jets were leading 16-0. Their defense fell apart without Mosley, and they lost 17-16. We haven’t seen Mosley since.

This is a player who missed just three games over his five seasons with the Ravens. The Jets hoped for a quick return, but the injury has lingered.

Gase was asked how impactful Mosley’s return could be.image.gif.20f73c53d960fde7ddb3ef5a29acf159.gif

“As impactful as getting a starting quarterback back,” Gase said. “It’s that impactful.”

 

Mosley was not in the locker room Wednesday when It was open to the media and has not spoken publicly in two weeks.

When Mosley spoke two weeks ago, he said doctors had not allowed him to test the groin by going full speed and cutting. Gase said things have ramped up more recently.

“He’s been able to do a lot more in the last week or so,” Gase said. “That’s why we’re at this point where it looks like we can get him out at practice.”

The defense has played well in recent weeks, even with Mosley on the sideline. Neville Hewitt has stepped into Mosley’s role as the “Mike” linebacker and played pretty well.

Still, the Jets need Mosley back. There have been a few plays a game where Hewitt and rookie linebacker Blake Cashman, who is playing in Hewitt’s normal spot, have made mistakes, and it has cost the Jets. Hewitt is also now dealing with the effects of a stinger he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Cowboys, and Albert McClellan, another backup linebacker, has a concussion, leaving the Jets thin at the position right now.

 

Linebacker Brandon Copeland said Mosley’s return will give the team a boost.

“That would be great,” Copeland said. “Whenever you get the quarterback of your defense back it give you confidence and energy similar to the way the offense had when Sam walked back out there.”

Gase knows the Jets are missing a big piece as long as Mosley sits on the bench.

“He’s a dynamic playmaker,” Gase said. “He gets his hands on the ball. He cleans up a lot of things. He can mask any kind of errors. He’s a very intelligent player that’s seen a lot of football. He sees things coming that younger guys don’t. At the end of the day, the guy is one of our captains. He’s a really good leader.”

https://nypost.com/2019/10/16/jets-cautiously-optimistic-about-cj-mosleys-return/

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2 minutes ago, LockeJET said:

He got a check for 51 million.. He good!

What does that have to do with it? 

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32 minutes ago, shuler82 said:

At Monday’s kickoff it will be 43 days since Mosley was hurt. 

I know it is a sensitive injury but this is rigroinulous. 

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28 minutes ago, Jet Nut said:

What does that have to do with it? 

He's babying his injury. 

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7 minutes ago, LockeJET said:

He's babying his injury. 

OK.

I just dont buy that.

Players want to play

The league needs rules to protect players from themselves

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The Cowboys split Elliott out wide, Cashman was on him. My son says right away, I don't like that matchup. I think that was one of the pass interference calls.

The Pats will find a way to expose matchups like this, they always do. Getting Mosley back would be huge. Hewitt has been impressive. Cashman has to but the Jets would benefit from him having more of a situational role right now.

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24 minutes ago, Maxman said:

The Cowboys split Elliott out wide, Cashman was on him. My son says right away, I don't like that matchup. I think that was one of the pass interference calls.

The Pats will find a way to expose matchups like this, they always do. Getting Mosley back would be huge. Hewitt has been impressive. Cashman has to but the Jets would benefit from him having more of a situational role right now.

We used to put Adams on Gronk.  Maybe Adams ends up on split RBs like White or Michel who pose more of a threat than the Pats' current TEs?

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55 minutes ago, LockeJET said:

He's babying his injury. 

I don’t think that’s the case, but this injury has to have been a lot more serious than the team let on. Six weeks for what was originally reported as week to week.

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1 hour ago, shuler82 said:

At Monday’s kickoff it will be 43 days since Mosley was hurt. 

Wow, that is unreal.

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36 minutes ago, Gastineau Lives said:

I'd watch it

It'll be the title of the ESPN little half hour breakdown of our year. 😁

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3 hours ago, shuler82 said:

At Monday’s kickoff it will be 43 days since Mosley was hurt. 

Groin injuries are no joke.  6-8 weeks is not uncommon.  This Monday would put him at 6 weeks + 1 day.

 

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Mosley was an absolute beast for the 3 quarters he managed to stay on the field week 1. 

His return for the Pats game and maturation of Q will make this defense very tough, even for Brady. 

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Put a spleen protector on this beast and trot him out there Monday. 

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Mosely seems likea smart player whos not going to give it a go unless hes 100%.  So if hes out there Monday night, hes a full go.  Would be huge for this team.

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4 hours ago, TJ said:

Don't rush the groin

This.  As much as I'd love Mosley back, dont rush it.  Groin injuries are gnarly. 

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