Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is officially back in the NFL
The day before, the offensive lineman had been evaluated by the coaches. He will first join the training team, in order to regain the physical shape necessary for a football match.
He could join the roster of 53 permanent players fairly quickly, due to the numerous injuries to players on the team’s offensive line.
Nate Herbig, right guard since Game 4 of the season, missed practice Wednesday with a shin injury.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif had expressed the wish to find himself with a team which would have significant matches to play in the second half of the season and this is the case for New Yorkers.
The Jets are in the hunt for the playoffs thanks to a surprising record of 6 wins and 3 losses, the same as the big favorites of the East Division, the Buffalo Bills.
If they manage to defeat the New England Patriots on Sunday, the men in green could even tie with the Dolphins for first place, since the latter are off this week.
The American Conference East Division is the only one where all teams have a record above .500.
The Jets won’t have it easy by the end of the season with games in Minneapolis, Buffalo and Miami, but they also face more vulnerable teams like the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Seattle Seahawks.
Between football and medicine
The Quebecer had put his football career on hold last June to do his residency in medicine.
LDT won the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in February 2020. He then stepped away from the field for a few months to work in a CHSLD in Montreal at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guard, however, saw his return to the Chiefs in the fall of 2021 be tarnished by a broken hand. He then finished the season with the Jets.
Last July, the Montreal Alouettes acquired his Canadian League rights from the Calgary Stampeders in exchange for two conditional national draft picks.