New York Jets Injury Analysis – Season Preview and Attaochu Injury History

Ketul Shah looks at Jeremiah Attaochu’s injury history and gives other updates on the New York Jets roster…

With a week prior the season debut on Monday Night Football, the Jets completed training camp relatively unscathed with major injuries only to Eli McGuire and Ben Ijalana. I wrote about McGuire’s injury here and was skeptical he’d be ready for the season. The Jets have went on and placed McGuire on the IR, making him eligible to return Week 9 the earliest. Ijalana went on the IR from season ending shoulder surgery and if more details emerge, another write up will certainly be on the way detailing the injury and rehab process.

Jermaine Kearse remains “day to day, week to week” after undergoing abdominal surgery last week; my best guess is that he had a hernia of some sort and could potentially be out until Week 4.  Marcus Maye played in only one preseason game and was held out of practice on Monday. Coach Bowles has been saying all along that he will be ready for the Week 1 match up at Detroit however no reports (via Twitter) has been really assuring that he’ll be ready.

One final note on the newest addition to the roster, OLB Jeremiah Attaochu. While his signing makes the best edge rusher on the roster, Attaochu has been plagued with injuries throughout his career. Most notably, he suffered a high ankle sprain followed by a fractured foot throughout the 2016 season. While those are serious injuries that require careful rehab, I am most concerned with the long history of hamstring strains. This website outlines his injury history and does not include the hamstring injury that he experienced this offseason. The big question is why are the hamstring so prone to injury, particularly with a history of hamstring strains?

When running or walking, the hamstrings functionally act to control how quickly the knee straightens and braces the body for impact as the foot approaches the ground. Once the foot hits the ground, the hamstrings then act to help extend the hip as the other leg swings forward and repeats the process.  Add in the agility, speed, and power component to playing OLB, more demand is placed on the hamstrings as the player quickly pivots and/or lunges forward to make a tackle. It’s a split second decision that the hamstrings must be able to withstand to allow proper tackling and rushing technique, especially if the player needs to change direction. Once a body part is injured, it is always susceptible for reinjury and the hamstrings are no exception, given the demands placed on the muscle group during day to day tasks and sports-related activities.