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New York Jets put C.J. Mosley on IR; linebacker to have surgery

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New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley, who signed a record-setting free-agent contract last offseason, is done for the season after playing in only two games.

Mosley, who suffered a severe groin injury in Week 1, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. He will have surgery to repair what he described as a groin/abdominal issue.

“It gives us a chance to get him back in the spring and get him going in the offseason program,” coach Adam Gase said on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York radio.

Mosley told ESPN 10 days ago that his hope was that a recent platelet-rich plasma injection would heal the injury, with surgery a last resort. His goal was to test the groin this week by resuming football activities, but the plan was aborted.

Mosley became the 15th Jets player on injured reserve.

After sitting out four games following the initial injury, Mosley returned Oct. 21 against the New England Patriots and aggravated it. At the time, the Jets called it a six-week injury, so they gave him a chance to rehab instead putting him on IR.

This will go down as one of the most disappointing moves in recent free-agent history. The Jets lured Mosley away from the Baltimore Ravens with a five-year, $85 million contract — then a record-setting deal for an inside linebacker. It included a franchise-record $43 million in guarantees.

They anointed him as the “quarterback” of their defense and expected him to galvanize the unit. Without Mosley, the defense has played well; the Jets are ranked sixth in yards allowed.

Mosley got off to a terrific start, scoring the Jets’ first touchdown of the season on an interception return in the opener. He was dominant in that game, an eventual 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but injured his groin in the third quarter.

His stat line for the season: two games played, 108 defensive snaps, nine tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. His 2019 compensation is $19 million.

Mosley isn’t going anywhere because his 2020 salary ($6 million) is fully guaranteed. So is $8 million of his $16 million salary in 2021.

The Jets claimed safety Bennett Jackson off waivers from the Ravens in a corresponding move Tuesday.

The Jets went into the preseason thinking they had one of the better inside-linebacker tandems in the league, but Avery Williamson also suffered a season-ending knee injury in a preseason game.

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Patriots re-sign veteran kicker Nick Folk after appendectomy

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The New England Patriots have re-signed kicker Nick Folk, the team announced on Saturday.

The move was expected after the Patriots waived Kai Forbath on Monday and were left with no kickers on the roster.

Forbath was signed to replace Folk, who had an appendectomy last week. In Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, Forbath went 1-for-2 on extra points and made a 23-yarder on his only field goal attempt.

Folk, who was released after having the procedure, had a locker still set up in the Patriots’ facility, and the expectation was that he could return to the team later in the season. The 12th-year player has made 7 of 9 field goals (77.8%) in three games for the Patriots and is 3-for-3 on extra point attempts.

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Jets RB Le’Veon Bell ill, won’t play vs. Dolphins

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The New York Jets‘ disappointing season took another bad turn Saturday, as they ruled out running back Le’Veon Bell for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Bell became ill this week, the team said, and he didn’t practice Thursday and Friday, when he was listed as questionable. Coach Adam Gase didn’t give any specifics as to the nature of the illness.

“He’s sick, probably the same thing that is going around a lot of these other teams,” Gase said. “[The] biggest thing was getting him checked out and then get him out of the building so nobody else gets sick.”

The Jets (4-8) will lean on backups Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery, with Powell to get most of the carries. They also have Josh Adams on the roster.

This will be Bell’s first missed game with the Jets. He had been durable, if not productive. Statistically, this has been the worst season of his career, as he’s rushed for only 589 yards, three touchdowns and a career-low 3.2 average.

Last week was particularly frustrating for Bell, who had only 10 carries in a 22-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract in free agency. He drew interest at the trading deadline, and there’s a chance the Jets could move him in the offseason.

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Lions fined $110,000 for not updating Matthew Stafford’s status

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Detroit Lions and members of its football operations were fined $110,000 total for not properly updating the injury status of quarterback Matthew Stafford before the Nov. 10 game against the Chicago Bears — the first game Stafford missed since the start of the 2011 season.

The NFL fined the Lions as an organization $75,000, along with head coach Matt Patricia $25,000 and general manager Bob Quinn $10,000, for the way they handled Stafford on the injury report. Stafford had fractured bones in his back in the loss to Oakland on Nov. 3 and while he practiced all week, he was listed as questionable on the Friday injury report ahead of the game against the Bears.

Detroit never updated Stafford’s status to being out, even though by Saturday he was being labeled by reports as a game-time decision and then ruled out Sunday morning. Multiple players then told ESPN and other outlets they were informed Saturday that Stafford would not be able to play, leading to more questions about how the franchise handled the reporting of Stafford’s injury.

After Detroit’s loss to Chicago, Patricia said “it was unsafe” for Stafford to play but declined to get into specifics about the timeline at the time — a timeline that remained murky in the days after the game as questions persisted about the timing of the injury.

On Monday, the day after the game, he offered a little more clarity, including saying he told the team Saturday night to prepare for all options.

“I would say the timeline for us was when we got to Chicago late Saturday night, got done with meetings, I think at that point in time that I just knew he wouldn’t start,” Patricia said. “And out of respect for him and everything that he’s done for this organization, I just wanted to leave the option open when we got to Sunday if he wanted to dress.”

The NFL policy states that, “if, prior to the team’s arrival at the stadium on game day, an event occurs that causes the club to decide that a player will not start or will not play, the club must update its Game Status Report.”

The Lions never updated the status of Stafford. Stafford has not practiced or played since that time and Patricia said earlier this week they have not put Stafford on injured reserve out of respect for him and his toughness. Stafford said if he is able, he would still like to play in 2019.

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