Jermaine Cunningham Injury: Updates on Jets LB's Achilles and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2014

This is a 2014 photo of Jermaine Cunningham of the New York Jets NFL football team. This image reflects the New York Jets active roster as of Monday, June 16, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
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Updates from Monday, August 4

Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press passed along an update from Rex Ryan on Jermaine Cunningham's health:

Updates from Sunday, August 3

Ian Rapoport of reports the Jets' current belief on Jermaine Cunningham's injury status:


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New York Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham left practice on Saturday after suffering a right leg injury, per Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday:

ESPN's Rich Cimini has more:

The former second-round draft pick has failed to live up to expectations after an impressive career at Florida. He recorded 34 tackles and one sack in 15 games with the New England Patriots during the 2010 season.

In December 2011, Cunningham was placed on injured reserve, and less than a year later, he was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The 26-year-old was signed by New York in November 2013 after getting cut by the San Francisco 49ers. Although Cunningham didn't make much of an impact with the Jets last year, he looked like he'd get a nice opportunity in 2014 playing behind Quinton Coples.

His place on the team could be under threat if the injury turns out to be serious. Generally, it's not a good sign when a player can't put any weight on an injured leg.

Considering everything he's gone through already in his brief NFL career, this is the last thing that Cunningham will have wanted to have happen. At least he's got some time before the season starts to recuperate and get back to 100 percent.