Whitehead (foot) reached an injury settlement with the Jets on Monday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Whitehead is now free to sign elsewhere should his broken foot, which he suffered in mid-August, allow him to play. The 25-year-old is likely nothing more than a return specialist if he does manage to latch on with another team.
Whitehead, who is out with a broken foot, was waived with an injury designation during final roster cuts Saturday. As expected, he cleared waivers and subsequently landed on the team's IR. He will remain there for the entire 2017 season unless he and the team reach an injury settlement.
Whitehead (foot) was waived/injured by the Jets on Saturday, Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger reports.
This offseason has not been good to Whitehead, and now he'll have to wait for a likely injury settlement before he finds new employment. Whitehead had surgery on his foot two weeks ago, and there's no clear timeline for his return. When he is healthy, he'll look to make his living as a kickoff and punt return man once again.
Head coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that Whitehead will undergo foot surgery this week, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
Whitehead has endured an unfortunate past few weeks, from mistaken identity leading to his release by the Cowboys to breaking his foot at practice Monday. The initial prognosis gave Whitehead a 4-6 week recovery, but Bowles wouldn't commit to any sort of timetable, other than to say the return man "could" return at some point this season. With Whitehead out to start the campaign, the Jets will look to Frankie Hammond, Romar Morris and Marcus Murphy to cover kick and punt returns.
Whitehead (broken foot) is expected to miss four-to-six weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Whitehead is getting another opinion to see if surgery might speed up his timeline. Either way, he's unlikely to be ready for Week 1 but apparently should be available at some point in September or early October. Whitehead was jostling for position on a wide-open depth chart at receiver, though the return game might still represent his best chance at making a significant contribution to the 2017 Jets.
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