Muhammad Wilkerson injures hamstring

New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson left practice early with a hamstring injury

FLORHAM PARK: The New York Jets began Sunday’s training camp practice with defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson on the field.

They didn’t end it that way.

Midway through the session, Wilkerson, who has been locked in a contract dispute with New York dating back to the NFL Draft, injured his hamstring and took himself out of practice. The defensive end walked back to the locker room unassisted and without any noticeable limp, but did not return to the field.

“He tweaked his hamstring, as far as I know,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said after practice. “They took him inside to stretch him out.”

Bowles didn’t seem concerned with the injury, or if it would keep Wilkerson sidelined for any period of time. The coach referenced the player’s day off on Monday as the rest Wilkerson would need to return to the field.

When Wilkerson left the field, he was replaced by Sheldon Richardson.

“I didn’t think (Wilkerson’s injury) was serious,” Bowles said. “If it loosens up, he should be ok. He shouldn’t be out long.”


Aside from running back Stevan Ridley (knee) and defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson (hamstring) who remain on the team’s PUP list, two other Jets sat out practice on Sunday. Joining the two in the trainer’s area were receiver DeVier Posey and offensive lineman Charles Brown.

“I know Posey had a hamstring,” Bowles said. “He’s close to returning, we’re just trying to be careful with him. We’ll have to see about Charles.”

During team drills, Lorenzo Mauldin went airborne before coming down hard on his back. The linebacker limped off the field and did not return. After practice, Mauldin said he had the wind knocked out of him and that he was “ok.” He doesn’t expect to miss any practice time.

Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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