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Brindza Out After Getting Hurt During Workout
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Brindza announced the injury himself Tuesday on Instagram and posted a message about starting the road to a complete recovery:
As cliche as it sounds…. a minor set back for a major come back. I have worked my tail off to get another shot and I got it, but now I have to take a step back. I ruptured my Achilles completely during my kicking workout. I'm not mad. I'm not upset. Unfortunate? Yes. I know God has a plan and I have to trust it. This is just another chapter to my story. Time to get this thing fixed and start the road to recovery. . Day 1 starts today!
The setback comes less than two weeks after Brindza signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets with an eye on competing for the team's kicking job for next season.
The 23-year-old Notre Dame product spent time with both the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. Detroit signed the rookie after he went undrafted and traded him to Tampa Bay in August in exchange for tight end Tim Wright.
Brindza struggled during the early portion of the season, however. He made just six of his 12 field-goal attempts and six of eight extra points before getting released after four weeks.
He remained unsigned until New York added him to its offseason roster earlier in February. He would have likely been going up against Nick Folk, who's spent the last six seasons with the Jets, in training camp as a long shot to make the final roster.
The injury further clouds Brindza's future. Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk stated the injury is expected to cost the kicker the entire 2016 season. So he obviously faces a lot of work to get back to full strength, and then, he'll need to prove himself all over again.
It's an untimely setback for a player who had just earned another chance on an NFL roster. He sounds ready to take on the latest challenge that lies in front of him, though.