FLORHAM PARK (N.J.) -- Vinny Curry, New York Jets' defensive end, was diagnosed last month as having a rare blood disorder. This required him to have his spleen removed and caused complications that will force him out of the season. He released this Wednesday in a statement.
Curry, 33, was a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles 2017 Super Bowl champion team and stated in an Instagram post that he was originally expected to return in September. He explained that blood clots had formed, and he was forced to take blood thinners. He said that he was unable to have physical contact for up to three to six months because of this.
Curry stated that he plans to play in 2022.
He said, "While I am disappointed that I won't be able play with my teammates this season, I am thankful the doctors were able to identify my condition in time." "They informed me that I can expect to fully recover and be back on the field next season.
"I am grateful for all the people who reached out to me via social media, phone and in person. They can rest assured that I will return stronger and more determined than ever.
Curry was made ineligible for this season's games by the Jets on Tuesday. They moved Curry to the reserve/nonfootball injury list, replacing the exempt/NFI. They didn't provide a reason.
Robert Saleh, the coach, stated that he expected Robert to return in Week 2 of the regular season at the beginning of training camp. This was before there were any complications.
Saleh stated Wednesday that it was a blessing that he was able to discover some things that went unnoticed.
He's been so productive throughout his career. We will miss his leadership and the positive energy that he brings. It hurts.
Curry signed a $1.3 million contract for one year with the Jets in March. Curry received a $1.0745million base salary, but there was no signing bonus. His position was to be a pass-rusher.
The Jets are struggling at the defensive end without Curry and Carl Lawson (season ending Achilles injury). John Franklin-Myers, Bryce Huff and Carl Lawson are likely to start. The Jets are looking into possible trades.
Saleh stated that it's easy to play the fictive game of "Let's get somebody", but it's not always so simple. They're rare and far between when it comes to what's actually available.
In other injury news: Mekhi Becton, left tackle, was placed in the concussion protocol following a head to head collision during Tuesday's joint practice session with the Eagles. Becton, along with rookie left guard Alijah Vernon-Tucker, are likely to be out of Friday's match against the Eagles. Vera-Tucker is back in practice after a strain to his pectoral muscle. However, the team is cautious.
Zach Wilson, a rookie quarterback, is expected to play Friday. Saleh indicated that he is leaning towards playing his starters in Friday's first half. However, he stated that the staff would discuss the matter before making a decision.