The Jets placed running back Bilal Powell on injured reserve, according to a club announcement. Powell suffered a neck injury on Sunday against the Vikings, and the injury will bar him from returning this season.
Sunday’s game could mark the end of Powell’s tenure with the Jets. Powell, a fourth-round pick of Gang Green in 2011, is in the final year of his three-year, $11.25MM extension. While he has been a staple of the Jets’ backfield for years, it’s possible that they’ll go in another direction this offseason.
Powell has never been the most exciting player or much of a household name, but he has been quietly consistent for the Jets. Powell has rushed for an average of 4.4 yards per carry over the course of his eight-year career and been a consistently capable pass-catcher out of the backfield. In 2016, he caught a career-high 58 passes for 388 yards and two receiving scores.
Powell’s 2018 season has come to a close after racking up 343 yards off of 80 carries. He found pay dirt once on a receiving touchdown and he had eleven grabs for 110 yards on the whole.
Without Powell, the Jets may consider adding a running back to add support behind Isaiah Crowell. For now, they’re using the spot to sign safety Ibraheim Campbell. Rookie Trenton Cannon is technically the only other running back on the roster, but Eli McGuire is back practicing and eligible to come off of IR next week.
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