Powell (neck) sent out a letter Wednesday informing NFL teams that he's received medical clearance to continue his football career, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Reports in October suggested the bulging disc in Powell's neck might force him into early retirement, but then-coach Todd Bowles was more optimistic after the 30-year-old running back had surgery. With the Jets signing Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery during the offseason, Powell may need to find a new team for the first time in his career. While not particularly fast or explosive, he's a reliable passing-down back with career marks of 7.7 yards per reception and 4.4 yards per carry. Potential fits include Jacksonville, Baltimore, Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay.
The Jets' signing of Ty Montgomery suggests Powell (neck) isn't likely to be back with the team in 2019, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. A 2011 fourth-round pick, Powell started 37 of his 96 games in a Jets uniform, averaging 4.4 yards on 791 carries and 7.7 yards on 204 catches. Not once did he enter a season as the team's top ball carrier, yet he led the Jets in scrimmage yards in 2013 and 2016. It isn't quite clear if the 30-year-old will continue his football career, as there hasn't been a meaningful update on his progress since he landed on injured reserve in late October. The neck injury initially was reported to be career-threatening, but former Jets coach Todd Bowles said shortly thereafter that he expected Powell to make a full recovery.
Powell (neck) is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official website reports. Powell repeatedly has proven to be a useful committee back with above-average receiving skills, but he'll probably find a tough market as a 30-year-old rebounding from a season-ending injury. The Jets may still try to bring him back for another year or two, especially if they end up releasing Isaiah Crowell (toe). There hasn't been any substantial update on Powell's progress since late October, when former head coach Todd Bowles said he expected the running back to make a full recovery from surgery to address a bulging disc. For what it's worth, teammate Quincy Enunwa needed a full year to work his way back from a similar injury, with reports at one point suggesting he might not play again.
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.
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|7||10/22||New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|10||11/10||New York Giants||23||19.88|
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