Jets Cut Running Back Right After Telling Him To Get Surgery He ‘Didn’t Want’

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Former New York Jets running back Ty Johnson’s unexpected release from the team has sparked controversy after he revealed that he was told to undergo surgery for a torn pectoral injury but was subsequently cut despite complying with the team’s instructions.

In an emotional Instagram video, Johnson shared the details of his ordeal, expressing his frustration and recounting the impact it has had on him.

Johnson disclosed that he had sustained the injury while working out away from the team during the offseason. When he informed the New York Jets about the incident, the team’s doctors advised him to undergo surgery to repair the torn pectoral.

Reluctantly, Johnson followed their recommendation and promptly flew out for the operation. Upon returning, he was taken aback by the news of his release, which occurred on the following Wednesday.

Recalling the events, Johnson stated, “Told them [about the injury]. I told them even before this, I was like: ‘hey, was working out, [the torn pectoral] happened’ — saw the team doctor, he was like — ‘you need to get it fixed.’ Flew out the next day [to get surgery]. Came back happy that I got it done, even though I didn’t want to get it done. That following Wednesday, you’re outta there!”

While it remains unclear whether the surgery was necessary for Johnson’s return to football, he made it clear that he did not want to undergo the procedure.

In the 2022 season, Johnson had 42 total touches for 248 yards last season, and averaged 5.3 per carry. Despite his release and subsequent free agency, the 25-year-old running back maintains a positive outlook on his career, expressing his faith that he will ultimately overcome the setback.

“At the end of the day, I know I’mma be alright,” Johnson asserted. “I know God got my back.”

News of Johnson’s ordeal quickly spread throughout the NFL community, prompting several players to voice their support for him. D.J. Reed Jr., a defensive leader for the Jets, publicly criticized the situation, noting, “Off-site injuries while working out should have some type of protection from the team.”

Reed drew from his own experience, having encountered a similar situation during his time with the San Francisco 49ers.

Additionally, Ty Johnson’s former teammate with the Detroit Lions, Quandre Diggs, who is now a member of the Seattle Seahawks, expressed his solidarity with Johnson. Diggs acknowledged the cutthroat nature of the business and emphasized the importance of players looking out for themselves. He commented, “Ty good people too, man! Crazy business and heartless, so don’t blame us when we about our business and looking out for ourselves.”

As Ty Johnson navigates his free agency and seeks a new opportunity in the NFL, his story serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by players both on and off the field.

The incident has sparked discussions about player safety, the responsibility of teams in supporting injured players, and the volatile nature of the football industry.