NFL running back says Jets released him after surgery that team told him to get


The New York Jets waived running back Ty Johnson in April despite signing him to a one-year deal in free agency, and the veteran revealed the team asked him to undergo surgery on the offseason injury.

Johnson said he tore his pectoral muscle while working out in the offseason, and after consulting with the team doctor, they told him to “get it right.”

“Saw the team doctor. He was like, ‘You need to fix this,'” Johnson said in an Instagram video. “The next day flew by. Came back happy I got it done, even though I didn’t want to get it done. The Wednesday after that, you’re out of there.”

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Ty Johnson of the New York Jets carries the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second half of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

“And I was like, ‘Damn.’ But at the end of the day, man, I know I’m going to be OK.”

The Jets released Johnson on April 26, the day before the 2023 NFL Draft.

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Gang Green drafted Pittsburgh running back Israel Abanikanda in the fifth round as well as undrafted free agent Travis Dye.

Those rookies join a running back room that already featured Brice Hall, Michael Carter and Zonovan Knight.

Ty Johnson runs

Ty Johnson of the New York Jets carries the ball during the second half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Sarah Steer/Getty Images)

Hall was the offensive rookie of the year favorite before tearing his ACL. Teammate receiver Garrett Wilson won the award at the end of the season.

Johnson performed well in his share of the Jets’ backfield duties in 2022, rushing for 160 yards with a touchdown on 30 attempts while catching 12 of his 24 targets for 88 yards.

He also had 238 yards on 61 rushes with two touchdowns in 2021 while scoring twice through the air with 372 receiving yards.

Ty Johnson looks down

Ty Johnson of the New York Jets wears a shirt commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Mike Stob/Getty Images)

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Johnson, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Maryland, is still looking for his next NFL team after his release.

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