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Jets place Chris Herndon, Brian Winters on injured reserve

Chris Herndon, Brian Winters, Jets

New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon was finally able to make his 2019 NFL season debut against the New York Giants in Week 10. Unfortunately, it appears to be over just as quickly as it started. Brian Winters’ season is also over.

The Jets have placed both Herndon and guard Brian Winters on injured reserve, via Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press:

The New York Jets have placed tight end Chris Herndon and right guard Brian Winters on the injured reserve list, ending the season for both players.

The update undoubtedly deals a crushing blow to the offense after they had finally managed to show some promise in the 34-27 victory over the Giants. Not only does the loss of Herndon leave quarterback Sam Darnold without another potential weapon in the passing game, but Winters’ absence will also leave a notable void in his protection.

Herndon showed plenty of promise by finishing as the Jets second-leading receiver with 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie during the 2018 campaign. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and missed another four games with a hamstring injury. He caught just one pass for seven yards before breaking a rib in the win over the Giants.

Meanwhile, Winters has been no stranger to shoulder issues after picking up an injury during training camp. It appears the veteran has since experienced some lingering problems and will now miss the rest of the year.

The Jets have since signed linebacker B.J. Bello while promoting cornerback Kyron Brown from the practice squad in a corresponding move.