The New York Jets' disastrous 2018 season is just two games away from being over. Head coach Todd Bowles is on the hot seat, as the team has shown the inability to let rookie quarterback Sam Darnold succeed.
A lot of that can be pointed to the offensive line, which has been banged up at numerous points this season, including this past weekend.
Bowles announced that right tackle Brandon Shell underwent knee surgery on Thursday, a day after the team placed him on Injured Reserve. When asked about the severity of the injury, Bowles couldn't give the specific diagnosis because the medical terminology was too difficult to explain. Really?
Jets RT Brandon Shell has surgery on his injured knee, according to Todd Bowles. He said it wasn’t an ACL or MCL injury, but he “can’t explain” what it was because of the complex medical terminology involved.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) December 20, 2018
Shell had suffered the injury during last week's game against the Houston Texans, where he had his knee rolled up on during a play. As a result, he was carted off the field.
A ligament tear has already been ruled out, but it's still considered a serious knee issue. Shell is already at home recovering from the medical procedure, however, there is no specific timetable for his return.
#Jets RT Brandon Shell said he had knee surgery. At home. Serious injury... not a ligament tear— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) December 20, 2018
Given how late the injury occurred in 2018, Shell might not be ready for the start of the 2019 season, which certainly stings for the Jets.