New York Jets starting running back Bilal Powell left Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns with an apparent calf injury. The team announced that his return is questionable.
Powell limped off the field in the final minute of the first half, seemingly favoring his right leg. Rookie sixth-round draft pick Elijah McGuire is the only other running back active for the Jets for the Cleveland game. Matt Forte didn’t dress, missing his second straight game with turf toe.
Powell and McGuire didn’t need Forte last week when they gashed the Jacksonville Jaguars for 163 and 93 rushing yards, respectively. Powell’s 163 marked a career high.
But in Week 5, Powell had just two carries for five yards when he left the game. He was also the Jets’ leading receiver in the first half, gaining 28 yards on four catches.
The Jets’ running options will be very limited without Powell. McGuire gained just three yards on four carries in the first half. The Jets also deemed former defensive end Lawrence Thomas their full-time fullback this week, even reissuing him a new jersey number (44), after he played several snaps as fullback in Weeks 3 and 4. Thomas has yet to take a handoff himself.
New York gained a dismal nine yards rushing in the first half and just 79 yards of total offense. Without Powell as an option, the offense may become even more inept than they already look.
The New York Jets kicked a field goal at the end of the first half to score the game’s first points.