EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Jets coach Adam Gassen blamed Avery Williamson for the end-of-season knee injury after he decided to play the linebacker as he did against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.
This injury, as gases admitted on Sunday night, has a small impact on why he has decided to reject Le Veon Bell for the remainder of the preseason. Bell, the team's valued free agent, saw nothing in the first two games.
"I was 99.9 percent sure what we would do," Gases said, referring to Bell. "The [Williamson injury] probably made it to 100."
It's rare for trainers to question themselves publicly, but Gases seemed remorseful about how he dealt with the Williamson situation. The second quarter was the only starter on the field at the time he suffered a cruciate ligament tear. It happened when Cornerback Tevaughn Campbell crashed into Williamson's right knee as he tried to defend a pass in the end zone. Williamson suffered a cruciate ligament tear at the end of the season. Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images
After the game, Gases made a cryptic statement, saying that the players were destined for a certain number of snapshots. Three days later, when he met Reporter for the first time since the match and knew the full extent of the injury, he changed his tone.
Asked if he regretted the decision to play Williamson with the backups, Gases said: "Yes, I do."
He continued that Williamson learned a new position ̵
"Looking Back – Looking Back at 20/20 – I Wish I Had Him Out There a Series Earlier," Gases said. "I've talked to him, it's up to me, I'm the one who has to make that call and get him out, we do not have that, too bad because he had a good camp."
Williamson, who completed a three-year contract of $ 22.5 million in 2018, has a fully guaranteed salary of $ 6.5 million. However, the injury increases the likelihood that he will be released next season if the contract no longer contains any guarantees.
Gases, who had concealed Bell for his weekly schedule, was surprisingly open at the MetLife stage after the team's annual Green & White. The jets play the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night at MetLife. Before the first two games, Gases refused to divulge his Bell plan until the kickoff. "Just as he works in training, as he runs the ball in training, I feel very comfortable when he reaches the regular time."
Bell, who was not available to reporters, has announced to leave him up to the coaches. Bell seemed to agree with the decision on Twitter. See you in September 😏💚🔥 pic.twitter.com/2o0SfNBPkg
– Le Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) August 19, 2019
Bell has been in the last few years Days more employees in practice. After sitting in a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, he has not played a game for 19 months.
"I feel great in shape," said Gase. "He has not got in touch with anyone on the practice field so I am confident that he will be ready for week 1." 34-year-old Kalil, who ended his short-lived retirement by signing a $ 8.4-year one-year contract on Aug. 1, admitted he needed a lot of work before week one.
"Not rusty, just play slowly," he said. "I'm in good shape physically, football constitution, not so much."