New York Jets fullback Lex Hilliard suffered a broken scapula during yesterday’s practice, and Pro Football Talk reports that Hilliard will need season-ending surgery to repair his scapula. The 29-year-old fullback was competing with rookie Tommy Bohanon for a roster spot, and it didn’t look like a battle that Hilliard would win. Bohanon was selected by the Jets in the seventh round of the draft, and he was expected to win the battle, but it was a close one.
Hilliard will still earn $750,000 after signing a one-year deal back in March to stick around with the Jets, and then he will hit the free agent market. It will be interesting to see if he will be healthy enough to get a suitor willing to start Hilliard, but the 29-year-old should be able to find a training camp tryout somewhere next season.
Full discretion: I had no idea what a “scapula” was until I looked it up and saw that it is the scientific name for your shoulder blade. Lex Hilliard broke his shoulder blade? Ouch. I wish him a full and quick recovery so that he may find a job next season, but at least he will still keep his base salary.
As for Tommy Bohanon, the New York Jets will role with him as the starting fullback now that the competition has been decided by injury, and I think the Wake Forest product will do a great job for the Jets. I loved watching him in college, and he should get a few targets his way in the passing game.