Lucky Whitehead might need to go back to being called "Rodney" after his string of decidedly unlucky breaks.
The New York Jets receiver and kick returner will have surgery on his broken foot, an injury he sustained earlier this week in practice, coach Todd Bowles told reporters Wednesday. Bowles added that it's possible that Whitehead could return this season.
Whitehead landed with the Jets in late July after being waived by the Dallas Cowboys following a wild couple of weeks. First, the 25-year-old had his dog kidnapped. Then, Whitehead's identity was used following a theft at a convenience store, which he wasn't a part of, leading police to falsely accuse him of the crime before apologizing.
On the field, Whitehead was an upgrade on kick returns over Jalin Marshall, who is suspended for the first four games of the season. The timeline for Whitehead's return means he'll likely miss at least one game to start the season.
Here are the other injuries we're monitoring on Wednesday:
- The receiving corps is growing in Pittsburgh. With Martavis Bryant inching closer to a full-blown return, the Steelers took third-year receiver Sammie Coates off of the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Coates, who celebrated the birth of his son on Tuesday, had been sidelined with a knee injury since late July and did not participate in training camp.
Meanwhile, center Maurkice Pouncey returned to practice in pads after missing siginificant time with a leg injury.
The Browns also announced that offensive linemen Joel Bitonio (knee) and Cameron Erving (calf) will not play in Cleveland's second preseason game and their return to the field will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Both Bitonio and Erving suffered injuries during Tuesday's practice.
- Donavin Newsom has landed on injured reserve. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch announced the news just over one week after the linebacker suffered a concussion in practice. Newsom spent two nights in the hospital after suffering the injury.