Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley has had an interesting Wednesday.
Kerley was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week thanks to his 68-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Jets’ 48-28 win over the Bills. Kerley was the first Jet to take a punt the distance since 2002 and he opened the Jets’ scoring on the day with a touchdown catch in the first quarter. He’s the first player to have a punt return and receiving touchdown in the opening week of the season since Az-Zahir Hakim did it for the Rams in 2000.
As a result of all that activity or something else in the last two days, Kerley woke up Wednesday with a back problem that’s keeping him out of practice on Wednesday. Coach Rex Ryan didn’t give much of an idea about Kerley’s chances of playing the Steelers, but did wonder if it had anything to do with playing the Steelers.
“He’s stiff, and he will not practice today. I asked him if it’s because he came down with the Pittsburgh flu. I’m not sure. I’ve seen it happen,” Ryan said, via Kimberley Martin of Newsday. “That is a very physical football team. All kidding aside, hopefully, he will feel better tomorrow. He will be evaluated. He will be listed as limited.”
Kerley did not earn much love from his coach during the offseason. Ryan said during training camp that he was “a little disappointed” in Kerley’s progress since the end of the 2011 season. Kerley’s first outing of the season paints a better picture for the second-year wideout.