For all of us Jet fans who would love to see Joe McKnight make the Jets’ 53 man roster, this is not the headline we want to see. McKnight, who has struggled with injuries all offseason, is currently fighting for his spot on the Jets. After falling down to his knee three times during the morning workout, he was sent to the medical tent and after a quick analysis he insisted to go back onto the field, and he did so while wearing a red no-contact jersey. Unfortunately, McKnight’s troubles didn’t end there.
While diving for a poorly thrown pass (what a surprise) McKnight collapsed onto the field and remained there for quite some time. After gingerly walking over to the medical tent, he quickly laid down on his side while the doctors examined him. Due to McKnight’s recent head injury, his head was the doctors’ main concern, although they also examined his left leg. After being carted off the field, McKnight walked on his own to his locker while being connected to an oxygen tank. The fact that he had to use an oxygen tank to assist is breathing is a bit frightening, although the tank was more precautionary than necessary.
After recuperating in the locker room for an extended period of time, McKnight walked back onto the practice field to watch the remainder of practice. Although he was wearing sunglasses to weaken the strength of the sunlight on his eyes, it was extremely encouraging to see him oxygen-tank free.
However, can Joe McKnight afford to miss any more time due to injury? Most likely not. Joe’s role as a running back on the Jets’ roster has taken a severe hit with Bilal Powell’s sudden increase in performance and the additions of Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson. Unfortunately for McKnight, his absence in camp because of head injuries, arrests, and failed conditioning tests has allowed other young tailbacks such as Chris Spann to overshadow Joe McKnight. With McKnight’s halfback position on the Jets in doubt, his only other hope is to make the team as a return man. In years past, McKnight has led the NFL in average return yardage, although inconsistency and injuries has always been a problem.
Does McKnight have what it takes to make the New York Jets’ 53 man roster despite all his injury concerns and off the field problems? We’ll have to wait until the end of the preseason to find out.