Coach Todd Bowles said Thursday that he expects Powell to make a full recovery from neck surgery and resume his playing career, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports. Bowles indicated Powell's impending procedure would be similar to the one wideout Quincy Enunwa required in August 2017 to address a bulging disc. Using Enunwa's recovery timeline as a template, Powell would require around 10-to-12 months before gaining clearance for full contact, potentially leaving the possibility open for the veteran running back to be ready for the start of the 2019 season. While Bowles' comments offer some reassurance about Powell's long-term outlook, the soon-to-be 30-year-old may still struggle to find work when he becomes a free agent this spring.
Powell will require surgery to address a bulging disc in his neck, an injury that could spell an end to his career, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports. It's brutal news for Powell, an impending free agent whom the Jets placed on injured reserve earlier Wednesday. In his absence, Isaiah Crowell is slated to head the team's backfield, with Trenton Cannon on hand to work in a chance-of-pace role. Additionally, Elijah McGuire (foot) could also factor into the backfield mix once he's eligible to return from IR in Week 9.
The Jets placed Powell (neck) on injured reserve Wednesday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports. Powell sustained the neck injury in the first half of Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Vikings and wasn't able to return. The Jets didn't offer much of an update on Powell's outlook following the contest, but his move to IR just a few days later implies the issue was a serious concern. Powell is technically eligible to return from IR prior to Week 16, but even if he's fully healthy two months down the road, it seems more likely the Jets will use their remaining designated-to-return spot on a player who can contribute earlier in the back half of the schedule. The Jets have already reserved one of those spots for fellow running back Elijah McGuire (foot), who has resumed practicing and is eligible to come off IR beginning in Week 9. Until McGuire is back in the fold, rookie Trenton Cannon should benefit from an increased role as the Jets' top change-of-pace option behind early down grinder Isaiah Crowell.
Powell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Vikings with a neck injury. He won't return to the game. Prior to his exit, Powell carried five times for 20 yards and caught one pass for five yards. Isaiah Crowell and Trenton Cannon are on handle to handle the Jets' backfield duties in Powell's absence.
Powell headed to the locker room during Sunday's game against the Vikings with an unspecified injury, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. We'll look for added context with regard to his injury, but as long as Powell is sidelined, Isaiah Crowell and Trenton Cannon will be in line for added touches in the Jets' backfield.
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