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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“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.
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.
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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.