New York Jets TE Kellen Winslow, Jr. Suspended Four Games
Breaking news has come in just a few minutes ago regarding the new status of New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow. Winslow, who had been battling injury issues for the past few weeks, now has a new problem which will plague his team for the very near future.
Jets TE Kellen Winslow suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2013
This is a blow to the Jets offense that they simply did not need at this point in time. They have a crucial four game stretch before their bye week that reads as follows: home against Pittsburgh (winnable), home against New England (a game they need to win for possible playoff implications), away at Cincinnati (AFC foe most likely in wildcard hunt as well), home against New Orleans (importance depends on the results of the previous three games).
With a banged up receiving trio of Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley, Winslow’s suspension could not have come at a more inopportune time for the talent-limited offense. Winslow had become Geno Smith’s main security blanket during broken plays and situations requiring a first down.
The Jets recently signed Patriots cast-off Zach Sudfield, who may yet prove to be helpful and reliable. The saga of former Jet players being picked up to help out the rival Patriots has been well documented so this might be a brief chance to swing the pendulum in favor of New York by picking up a former Patriot, even if it only results in a minor positive impact.
The fact remains, Winslow’s suspension is a bad blow for the Jets, who will need players like Sudfield and more importantly, Jeff Cumberland to step up in his absence and make the offense’s job easier the way Winslow did when he was on the field.