The Jets will be without tight end Chris Herndon for the first four games of the 2019 NFL season. The league announced the expected suspension of the Jets tight end stemming from a 2018 DUI arrest.
The NFL has suspended #Jets TE Chris Herndon for the first four games of the season for a substance abuse policy violation. He pleaded guilty to DUI in June of 2018.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 12, 2019
Chris Herndon received four games, not two, because a woman at the scene later claimed bodily harm due to the crash. https://t.co/XS7h4BX5vJ— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 12, 2019
On the field it figures to be a significant loss for the Jets to be without their starting tight end for the first quarter of the season. Herndon’s rookie production was one of the few pleasant surprises of 2018. The team is looking for him to take the next step in 2019.
On paper there isn’t much depth for the Jets at the tight end position. Daniel Brown and Trevon Wesco might be among the players to see their snaps increase during Herndon’s absence. Any Herndon replacement is likely to be a big downgrade.
This puts Herndon out of the opener against the Bills and big early season tests against the Browns, Patriots, and Eagles. Herndon’s season debut is slated to be Week 6 against the Cowboys.