Gastrointestinal distress and Joe McKnight seem to have a way of finding one another.
McKnight’s entry into the collective consciousness of football fans came when he couldn’t make it through his first workout with the Jets as a rookie without throwing up. That moment was captured in the Jets’ appearance on Hard Knocks and remained McKnight’s most memorable moment in the pros until his blocked punt helped the Jets win their 2011 season opener against the Cowboys.
McKnight’s stomach is acting up again, but it isn’t practice that’s causing him problems this time. It seems McKnight decided to hit an Applebee’s close to Jets camp for dinner on Tuesday night and wound up having strip steak, shrimp and a side of food poisoning. Kimberley Martin of Newsday reports that McKnight spent several hours vomiting and required an IV to replace the fluids he lost while being sick.
The Jets expect to have McKnight, who gained 16 pounds this offseason thanks to the tempting treats offered at McDonald’s, back at practice on Thursday. And Applebee’s probably shouldn’t hold any tables in reserve for other Jets looking for a nibble for the rest of training camp.