Jets place FB Hilliard on season-ending IR

New York Jets fullback Lex Hilliard was placed on season-ending

injured reserve Wednesday, a day after seriously injuring his

shoulder at practice.

The team didn’t announce the nature or severity of the injury,

but a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press

that Hilliard has a broken shoulder blade that requires surgery.

Hilliard is expected to have surgery to repair the shoulder next

week.

Hilliard went down in a heap after a running play Tuesday,

writhing in pain as trainers rushed over to him. He stayed down for

several minutes, kicking his legs as he was being checked on.

Hilliard was eventually able to walk off the field with the help of

trainers – appearing to favor his right shoulder – before being

carted to the locker room.

Pro Football Talk first reported Wednesday morning that Hilliard

would need season-ending surgery.

Hilliard played in 12 games for the Jets last season after

beginning the year with the Patriots. He missed New York’s first

two preseason games this summer with a rib injury, and his roster

spot appeared in jeopardy. Tommy Bohanon, the team’s seventh-round

pick from Wake Forest, is having a good camp and appears poised to

win the job.

Hilliard re-signed with the Jets this offseason, agreeing to a

one-year deal worth $780,000. He was a sixth-round pick of Miami

out of Montana in 2008, and spent his first four seasons with the

Dolphins. Hilliard was in training camp with Minnesota last summer,

but was among the team’s final cuts. He signed with New England a

few days later and played in two games for the Patriots.

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