THURSDAY, 3:40pm: The Jets have officially waived Brindza, the team announced today in a press release. Based on his injury, Brindza figures to get a failed physical designation when he shows up on the NFL’s official transactions report.
“As cliche as it sounds … a minor set back for a major come back,” he wrote. “I have worked my tail off to get another shot and I got it, but now I have to take a step back. I ruptured my Achilles completely during my kicking workout. I’m not mad. I’m not upset. Unfortunate? Yes. I know God has a plan and I have to trust it. This is just another chapter to my story. Time to get this thing fixed and start the road to recovery. . Day 1 starts today!”
Brindza, 23, signed a futures deal with the Jets just twelve days ago. The youngster began the 2015 season as the Buccaneers’ kicker, beating out veteran Connor Barth for the job. However, he struggled mightily in the role, and was waived after just four games. After missing just one of nine total kicks in his first two games, Brindza missed two extra points and converted only two of seven field goal attempts in Weeks 3 and 4.
The injury occurred last Friday during a routine workout at his local field in Michigan, as Rich Cimini of ESPN.com writes. Brindza was signed by Gang Green to compete with Nick Folk, but that particular competition is now off. It remains to be seen whether the Jets will bring in another leg to push Folk. Folk has historically been a solid kicker for the Jets but he missed the final eight games of the 2015 season with a quadriceps injury. Randy Bullock filled in for Folk in the second half of the season but he is now slated to hit the open market in March.
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