Updates from Monday, August 4
Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press passed along an update from Rex Ryan on Jermaine Cunningham's health:
Rex confirms that LB Jermaine Cunningham is out for year with Achilles injury that requires surgery. #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 4, 2014
Updates from Sunday, August 3
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports the Jets' current belief on Jermaine Cunningham's injury status:
#Jets believe LB Jermaine Cunningham has torn his Achilles, likely ending his season, source says. They'd hoped he'd offer pass-rush help— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2014
New York Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham left practice on Saturday after suffering a right leg injury, per Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday:
Cunningham can't put any weight on his right leg...he's now limping off w the help of trainers— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) August 2, 2014
ESPN's Rich Cimini has more:
Ryan said he's aware of only 1 injury: LB Jermaine Cunningham (leg), didn't return. Ryan said he's concerned. #nyj— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 3, 2014
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.
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.