Jets’ Mosley dealing with hamstring, uncertain for Pats game

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP)New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley is dealing with a hamstring injury that could sideline him for the team’s game Sunday at New England.

Coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday that Mosley was hurt late in New York’s 27-20 loss to Atlanta in London on Oct. 10. He wasn’t participating in practice and will be evaluated each day to determine if he’ll be able to play for the 1-4 Jets.

”He’s still hopeful for the game,” Saleh said.

Mosley is a team captain who leads the Jets with 45 overall tackles after missing most of the past two seasons. A groin/core muscle injury limited him to two games in 2019 in his first season with New York, and Mosley opted out last season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

”He feels good about (playing),” Saleh said. ”When it comes to those lower-extremity injuries, you just kind of feel the player out. Each player is different, however it shows up on the MRI.”

Saleh wouldn’t divulge the severity of the hamstring injury when asked what grade of strain Mosley has, saying he’d prefer to leave that for the linebacker to reveal.

”He feels confident,” Saleh said. ”He said he has dealt with these before and we’re 10 days out now, so we’ll see how the week goes.”

If Mosley can’t play, the Jets will be a bit short-handed at the middle linebacker spot.

Projected starter Jarrad Davis remains sidelined with a left ankle injury suffered during training camp, and isn’t expected to be activated from injured reserve this week. Rookie Hamsah Nasirildeen also remains on IR with a knee injury.

Rookie Jamien Sherwood would likely take over Mosley’s role as the Mike linebacker who relays plays to the defense. Quincy Williams, a waiver claim from Jacksonville, has been a pleasant surprise while ranking second on the team with 31 tackles. The Jets also have Blake Cashman on the active roster, and linebacker Noah Dawkins on the practice squad. New York protected Dawkins on the practice squad this week to assure he wouldn’t be signed by another team.

”We’re fine at the linebacker spot with a lot of guys who have been getting a lot of playing time,” Saleh insisted.

In other injuries, safety Marcus Maye was practicing and is expected to play this week after missing two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Tyler Kroft, who missed the game at London, was sitting out with a back injury. He previously appeared on the injury report with a rib ailment.

”I give him credit,” Saleh said. ”It’s not easy what he’s going through.”

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