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Nick Folk Battling Injury, Jets Work Out Andrew Furney

Nick Folk missed two vital field goals on Monday, the Jets would go on to lose by just three points. It has been revealed that Folk is currently suffering from an injury which may have led to his FG misses.

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It has been revealed that Nick Folk is currently suffering from a hip-flexor injury.

The usually reliable kicker connected on efforts from 40 and 45 yards but missed wide left on two attempts, one from 48 yards and a 45 yard attempt in the 4th quarter that would proveto be very costly.

Nick Folk's status for Sundays game against the Minnesota Vikings is up in the air and will completely depend on the grade of the tear he may have suffered, the tears are classified in three ranges depending on how severe the strain is:

  • Grade 1 Tear: a small number of fibres are torn resulting in some pain, but allowing full function.
  • Grade 2 Tear: a significant number of fibres are torn with moderate loss of function.
  • Grade 3 Tear: all muscle fibres are ruptured resulting in major loss of function.

If Nick Folk can't go, it seems likely the Jets will sign Andrew Furney a kicker who was with the team in the pre-season. If you remember, he made a last second 51 yard kick to beat the Colts 13-10. He was 16-20 in his final year at Washington State. He has a big leg with enough power to convert consistently from around the 60 yard mark. He's a soccer style kicker who can be inconsistent at times.

Folk reported the injury to staff after the game and Rex was made aware of it on Tuesday morning. Before his two misses against the Dolphins, Folk had been 18/20 on the season with a long of 55 yards. Folk connected on over 91% of his kicks last season which earned him the franchise tag. Just a couple of weeks after earning that tag, he was signed to a 4 year $12 million contract that included $2.1 million in guaranteed money.