Rich ChiminiESPN staff writer2 min read
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – THE The New York Jets will be without special teams player Justin Hardy, who underwent hamstring surgery and will be sidelined for four to six weeks, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.
Hardy was injured during a 31-21 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, aggravated the injury during practice and underwent surgery on Friday, sources said.
Hardy, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season, will be placed on injured reserve.
This is a blow to the Jets’ special teams, as Hardy plays on every punting and kickoff unit. His absence will be felt most in the kick coverage unit. He is considered one of the best scorers in the league. The other Gunner, Brandin Echols, will not play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He will miss the second match in a row due to a hamstring injury.
Voted as a team captain for the second straight year, Hardy ranks seventh in the league in special teams tackles (59) since entering the league in 2017.
The planes suffered two serious hits last week. Right tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker is out for the season after tearing her Achilles tendon. They did not reveal the infection until Wednesday.
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