C.J. Mosley is back on the shelf, and now the question is whether he will be back this season — and even Jets head coach Adam Gase doesn’t know the answer.
The high-priced inside linebacker, who returned Monday night against the Patriots after missing four games due to a groin injury, will be inactive Sunday against the Jaguars, Gase said.
Mosley is still undergoing tests to determine whether there is a more involved explanation for his pain and discomfort. On Wednesday, Gase said the team’s doctors were doing a “deep dive” on the problem. Mosley was not himself against the Patriots, moving gingerly and without explosion, before getting pulled in the second half.
When asked Friday if Mosley may need to go on injured reserve, Gase said he did not know, but indicated there will be a resolution by Monday.
“Everything is on the table,” Gase said.
Mosley’s backup, Neville Hewitt (neck/knee), may not play, either. He will be limited in practice on Friday for the third straight day. Gase said the Jets would make a move, likely promoting James Burgess from the practice squad, if Hewitt is out. Outside linebacker Brandon Copeland likely would move inside and start next to rookie Blake Cashman if Hewitt can’t go. Copeland has played there before, back in his days with the Lions.
Gase expressed belief that center Ryan Kalil (elbow/shoulder) and wide receiver Jamison Crowder (knee) would play. Both were limited on Thursday.
Tight end Chris Herndon, who has yet to play this season after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse and then suffering a hamstring injury, is unlikely to be active. Gase expected Herndon to be limited at practice. He has yet to practice fully since the season began.
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