Bilal Powell Injury: Updates on Jets RB's Shoulder

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets fakes a handoff to Bilal Powell #29 against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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On a day that saw Shonn Greene finally have a huge day for the New York Jets, all was not good in New York's backfield, as backup Bilal Powell left the game.

UPDATE: Thursday, October 25 at 12:26 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rough news for Jets fans and fantasy owners hoping Bilal Powell will be a breakout running back this season as he missed practice today, according to New York Post's Brian Costello.

Powell and McKnight are not practicing again today #nyj

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) October 25, 2012


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell was unable to practice today due to his shoulder injury. 

Mike Vorkunov of The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported a lost of several Jets players who were kept out of practice and it included Powell. 

The Jets will take on the Miami Dolphins at home this weekend and will certainly hope that Powell is able to get back on the field and add depth to the backfield. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 21 at 4:15 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

As expected, Powell will miss Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has the inactives:

Jets inactives: QB Greg McElroy, WR clyde Gates, RB Bilal Powell, S Eric Smith, G Caleb Schlauderaff, DT Sione Pouha, DT Kenrick Ellis #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) October 21, 2012

All we can hope for now is that Tim Tebow will get the carries that would otherwise go to Powell. Which, of course, is probably not going to happen.

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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Powell is expected to miss New York's Week 7 matchup with the New England Patriots. The news comes from the New York Post's Brian Costello:

MRI confirmed shoulder separation for Powell, per source. He's definitely out this week. #nyj

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) October 15, 2012

Expect to see a lot of Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight against the suddenly stout Patriots run defense. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 5:45 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Powell's injury is to his right shoulder (via New York Daily News' Manish Mehta):

The preliminary diagnosis on Bilal Powell is that he suffered a disclocated right shoulder, per source. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) October 14, 2012

A dislocated shoulder isn't necessarily a serious injury, but it can be a tricky thing to deal with.

Nevertheless, if Shonn Greene continues to run like he did on Sunday afternoon and Joe McKnight continues to provide a nice change of pace, the Jets will be able to survive this injury.

We'll be sure to keep you updated as more becomes known.

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NBC's RotoWorld has the update:

Bilal Powell left Sunday's Week 6 game against the Colts with a shoulder injury and will not return.

Powell went down in the third quarter and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the day. He had four rushes for 14 yards and a one-yard reception before leaving. 

While a blow to the depth in the backfield, losing Powell on Sunday—and in the short term—shouldn't seriously hamper the team offensively. At the time of publication, Shonn Greene had rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns, while Joe McKnight had three carries for 71 yards (including a 61-yarder). 

Oh, and Tim Tebow had two carries for six yards. Because I know you care. All snark aside, it is a positive sign to see the Jets run the ball with so much success.

Powell has looked better carrying the ball than Greene at times this season, who often seems to suffer from a lack of burst or ability to shed tacklers. While Greene's output on Sunday was positive, having Powell as a contingency plan is welcomed in New York.

Plus, the Jets need to run the ball to be successful. The team has a lack of playmakers at wide receiver for Mark Sanchez now that Santonio Holmes is done for the year, so running the ball and playing solid defense is the recipe for success in New York.

Suffice to say, the Jets will be hoping this injury isn't too severe. As always, be sure to keep it here as more updates become available regarding Powell's status.


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