New York Jets offensive tackle Max Mitchell will miss the rest of the season after he was placed on the non-football injury list. Mitchell has blood clots in his right calf and lung, his father revealed to ESPN.
John Mitchell, Max’s father, said the freshman offensive lineman has an inherited blood-clotting condition called factor V Leiden. Mitchell is taking blood-thinning medication and should make a full recovery, his father noted.
The condition is not expected to end Mitchell’s NFL career.
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“It shouldn’t affect his career long term,” John Mitchell said. “Of course we are taking a deep breath with all of this, but his future is bright.”
The Jets announced the non-football injury designation Wednesday, but head coach Robert Saleh did not provide any details as to why.
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Mitchell was pulled from the Jets’ Week 13 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Saleh said the decision to remove Mitchell from the contest was made because the lineman was “struggling.” But John Mitchell said his son was having trouble breathing.
Mitchell was believed to have experienced muscle spasms, but later tests showed he had blood clots. It’s unclear how long Mitchell will have to take blood thinners.
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Mitchell was selected in the fourth round of the draft out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Injuries along the Jets’ offensive line forced Mitchell into action.
He started four games before suffering a knee injury. His father said his son began experiencing clot-related symptoms after playing in the Week 12 game against the Bears.
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The Jets (7-5) are in the midst of a playoff push and face the Bills (9-3) in a pivotal AFC matchup on Sunday.