Florham Park, NJ- Lex Hilliard went down hard in yesterday’s practice and it was immediately apparent he suffered a serious injury once reporters saw his legs flailing around in pain. ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini is reporting that Hilliard will undergo season-ending surgery on a fractured shoulder blade.
With Hilliard out for the season the starting fullback job now belongs to seventh-round pick, from Wake Forest, Tommy Bohanon. Bohanon has officially won the starting job with Hilliard’s injury, but all this really did was speed up the timeline.
Bohanon has had a strong camp performance and has impressed his coaches and teammates, even if Hilliard had stayed healthy he would have had trouble making the roster as teams don’t carry two fullbacks these days and Bohanon was clearly ahead on the depth chart.
Hilliard was signed during the season last year to take over for John Conner, who never quite lived up to Rex Ryan’s lofty aspirations, and signed a one-year deal to return to the Jets for this season. Luckily for the Jets they had already begun the process of moving on from Hilliard when they drafted Bohanon and this injury shouldn’t change the Jets final roster at all.
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