Earlier this Thursday, it was announced that New York Jets defensive end Carl Lawson was carted off the practice field because of an injury. Unfortunately, the latest update on Lawson isn’t very encouraging.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that Lawson is undergoing an MRI on his Achilles. If he did suffer a torn Achilles, he’ll have to miss the entire 2021 season.
Rapoport’s colleague, Mike Garafolo, reported that Lawson felt a pop in his lower-leg. That’s obviously not a great sign.
“I was told Lawson reported feeling a pop,” Garafolo wrote on Twitter. “The Jets, for now, are holding their breath.”
#Jets pass-rusher Carl Lawson, one of their big free agent signings, suffered a lower leg at practice today and he’s having an MRI on his Achilles, per me and @MikeGarafolo. If it is torn, Lawson would be out for the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 19, 2021
Losing an elite talent like Lawson for the 2021 season would be a catastrophic blow to the Jets’ defense. In three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Lawson had 83 quarterback hits, 81 tackles, 20 sacks and two forced fumbles.
New York signed Lawson to a three-year, $45 million contract this past season with the intent that he’d become their No. 1 pass rusher.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh has praised Lawson throughout training camp, highlighting the talented defensive end’s work ethic and motor.
“You watch the tape, he beats everybody,” Saleh said, via Jets Wire. “What’s cool, though, is his work ethic and the way he goes about his day-to-day process.”
In the event the MRI results confirm that it’s a torn Achilles for Lawson, the Jets will need Ronald Blair and other role players to step up for the defensive line.
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