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Brice Hall’s promising rookie season came to an end after he suffered a torn ACL in the first half of the Jets’ 16-9 victory in Denver on Sunday. He was ruled out for the season after being evaluated on Monday.

“It’s always difficult,” Saleh said at a press conference on Monday. “There are two potential Pro Bowlers [Alijah Vera-Tucker was also ruled out for the season with a triceps tear]. We had this experience in 2020 in San Francisco when we visited the organization and lost a few guys for the season. It’s the NFL, next man up. MC [Michael Carter] proved he can carry the load, Ty Johnson did a nice job. And from the O-line, it’s been like that all year, guys are mixing it up. I have a lot of faith in the guys who stepped up.”

Sunday’s game got off to a great start for the big, fast running back from Iowa State. Midway through the first quarter, Hall took a pitch from QB Zach Wilson, cut to his left and slipped between the blocks of VR Corey Davis and OL Duane Brown. From there, Hall turned slightly to his right, setting up a key block by VR Denzel Mims and getting past a diving Denver S Justin Simmons for a 62-yard TD jaunt. He was on pace for his second straight 100-yard rushing game (he had 72 yards in less than one quarter), something a green-and-white rookie hadn’t done in a regular season since Clark Gaines in 1976. The TD gave the Jets a 7- 0.

But Hall was injured on a play in the second quarter when he appeared to go down awkwardly after being tackled near the Jets sideline by Broncos linebackers Patrick Surtain II and Jonas Griffith. He was helped off the field by the team’s medical staff and tried to walk to the locker room, but was instead carted off the Mile High Stadium.

Asked after the game about Hull’s prognosis, HC Robert Saleh said: “Brice, it doesn’t look good, the knee is not good. I will stay as optimistic as I can, but yes, he is a real footballer.”

On Monday, however, Saleh’s optimism turned to the realization that the 5-2 Jets, who face New England at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, will be without a player the Jets head coach called a “home run hitter.”


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