Eliza Riley is on her way to recovery after suffering a horrific injury in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Tua Tagovailoa threw a screen to Duke Johnson that ran for 20 yards. In the middle of the run, Riley went to the fore to tackle Johnson and jumped off Johnson and fainted.
A stretcher was brought in for Riley, who had suffered a head injury, and was taken to the hospital. He flew home with the team because they were able to run all the scans and they “tested fine”, according to Robert Saleh.
The relay became an early strong defense against the Dolphins at week 11 after the Jets claimed the Eagles were out of practice squad. The Long Island native compiled 33 tackles and a quarterback sack in five games of action. Riley provided some stability for a group that has been decimated by the end of the season with injuries to Marcus May and LaMarcus Joyner.
According to Robert Saleh the relay is in the concussion protocol. But the injury is not career-threatening and he is expected to make a comeback this season. Saleh is expected to be available against the Jaguars this week.
“Obviously, it’s going to be a very scary trauma that ends, she’s going to have some pain and all that,” Saleh said. “But he is going to make a full recovery and his playing career is not in danger. We’re very optimistic that we’ll have him back this year, and like I said, hopefully this week.
As COVID-19 cases continue to spread throughout the NFL, teams are beefing up their protocols to combat the spread.
But sometimes caution can only do so because the Jets suffered a slew of positives. Tanzel Smart, John Franklin-Myers, Sharrod Nesman and Vincent Smith landed on the COVID-19 reserve list.
Folorunso Fatukasi came on the list over the weekend, causing him to miss a game against the Dolphins. Fatukasi’s presence was missed as the Jets allowed a run of 183 yards.
Rookie wideout Elijah Moore, linebacker Hamsah Nasirildeen and special team captain Justin Hardy joined the list last week.
Quinnon Williams left the Dolphins game with a shoulder injury he suffered against the Saints. Williams will be limited in practice this week and if he plays this week is up in the air.
“We’re not kicking him out for this week. We’ll have to see what happens here today, tomorrow, Wednesday,” Saleh said.
George Fant missed the game against the Dolphins with a knee injury, but Saleh is expected to return against the Jaguars on Sunday.