Jets lose Jeff Cumberland for season

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The Jets took a whipping on the field Sunday and they’ll be down a player as they attempt to rebound in two tough road games in Baltimore and New England.

Tight end Jeff Cumberland was lost for the season with a torn right Achilles tendon. He was injured in the second quarter of Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Raiders. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that it will take Cumberland, who had two catches for 35 yards this season, six months to recuperate from the injury.

Cumberland isn’t a household name, but he was a regular fixture whenever the team played multiple tight ends. He seemed to be growing into a role as a pass catcher in those sets and got some decent looks as a result of defenses focusing on stopping Santonio Holmes, Derrick Mason, Plaxico Burress and Dustin Keller. Their only other reserve tight end, Matthew Mulligan, is strictly a blocker and that will mean the team has to figure out different things to do offensively.

Cumberland’s injury and the fact that it will impact what the Jets do on offense is also a sign of how thin the team is this season. The loss of Robert Turner in preseason left the team without experienced backups on the offensive line, something that hurt them badly in Oakland as the team played without Nick Mangold, and each injury, even to a player as little known as Cumberland, is going to make it harder for the Jets to keep doing what they do well this season.

9 responses to “Jets lose Jeff Cumberland for season

  1. The jets have been lucky that all they have lost for the season has been 3 backup players pretty much. They need to be more worried about other things like getting the defense straigtened out.

  2. “is going to make it harder for the Jets to keep doing what they do well this season.”


    What is it they do well?

  3. Bullied…That’s what the Jets got.

    Every game the Raiders have played so far someone has been sent to the hospital….

    Sanchez- Broken nose
    Cromartie- Bruised lungs
    Cumberland- IR
    R. Parrish- IR
    Dumervil- Shoulder
    DJ Williams- Elbow


    Building a Bully…C’mon Raider Haters bring the hate on us…We love it that way!

  4. I hate to say this but the Raiders show the rest of football how to beat the jets get mean and man handle them hit them where it hurt.
    Joe was right they haven’t won anything.

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