Ty Johnson supplied some context Friday for why the Jets launched him in April with a non-football harm designation.
Johnson tore his pectoral muscle whereas understanding within the offseason, he mentioned in a video posted to Instagram, and when the Jets’ crew physician told him to “get it fixed,” Johnson underwent surgery.
But quickly after the process, he was cut by the Jets.
“I’ve had some dark, dark days, man,” mentioned Johnson, a 25-year-old operating again.
Johnson signed a one-year deal in free company to return to the Jets as a reserve operating again, however Gang Green launched him April 26.
“Saw the team doctor, he was like, ‘You need to get it fixed,’” Johnson mentioned within the Instagram video, which he known as the “ice barrel talk of the day” within the clip. “Flew out the subsequent day. Came again pleased that I acquired it finished, regardless that I didn’t need to get it finished. That following Wednesday, you out of there.
“And I was like, ‘Damn.’ But at the end of the day, man, I know I’m gonna be alright.”
The Jets signed Johnson off waivers in 2020 from the Lions — who drafted him within the sixth spherical out of Maryland in 2019 — and he recorded 145 rushes for 652 yards and 4 touchdowns in two-plus seasons with the crew.
He additionally caught 62 passes for 559 yards and one other three touchdowns out of the backfield, as well as to enjoying 42 p.c of the Jets’ particular groups snaps.
But when it got here to rushes and offensive snaps, Johnson acquired caught behind Breece Hall, Michael Carter and Zonovan Knight on the Jets’ depth chart — even after Hall’s promising rookie season resulted in Week 7 towards the Broncos with a torn ACL.
Then, within the 2023 NFL Draft and three days after parting methods with Johnson, they additionally added Pittsburgh operating again Israel Abanikanda within the fifth spherical.