Ty Johnson hit the New York Jets after they told him to have surgery on his injury… only to CUT him from the team a few days later.
- NYJ drafted rookie RB Israel Abanikanda in the fifth round as his replacement
- During his video, Johnson also said he didn’t want the surgery but got it anyway
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Former New York Jets running back Ty Johnson revealed the team released him just days after he was told to undergo surgery for an injury sustained while working out alone.
The Jets released Johnson on April 26 with a non-football injury designationbut the former Detroit Lions running back took to social media this weekend to tell his side of the story.
Johnson explained that after he informed the team that he suffered a torn pectoral muscle during a workout, the team doctor’s instructions were for him to undergo surgery, which he duly obliged.
The following week, he said, he was cut from the team.
‘I’ve had some dark, dark days, man,’ Johnson said as he sat in the cold tub.
Update: RB Ty Johnson, formerly of #Jets, suffered a Torn Pec injury while exercising. He said the team told him to “Fix it” but cut him off the next day after he did.
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Former Jets RB Johnson revealed he was released after undergoing a team-advised surgery
Johnson made his claims while sitting in a cold tub in what appeared to be a garage home gym
The team drafted rookie running back Israel Abanikanda in the fifth round as his replacement
‘Seeing the team doctor, he was like, “You’ve got to fix this.” Fly the next day. Come back happy that I did it, even though I didn’t want to do it. The following Wednesday, you left there.
‘And I was like, “Damn.” But at the end of the day, man, I know I’ll be okay.’
The Jets added Johnson to the waiver wire in 2020 after the 2019 sixth-round draft pick was released by the Detroit Lions.
In 44 games with Gang Green, he ran for 145 yards and four touchdowns and caught 62 passes for 559 yards and three TDs.
He also proved to be a key contributor in more ways than just his impact out of the backfield after playing 42 percent of the snaps on special teams.
Johnson was clearly not high on the Jets RB depth chart and had to battle with Michael Carter and Zonovan ‘Bam’ Knight for snaps, and this after promising rookie RB Breece Hall was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Following his release, the Jets wasted no time adding a replacement when they drafted Pittsburgh Panthers tailback Israel Abanikanda in the fifth round.
Abanikanda recorded 1,431 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground in his final college season.