Jets' Gase: Avery Williamson Injury Is 'On Me'

Ryan Chatelain
August 19, 2019 - 9:53 am

Jets coach Adam Gase took the blame Sunday for leaving linebacker Avery Williamson in Thursday's preseason game too long, which led to the team's leading tackler tearing the ACL in his right knee

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Williamson suffered the injury while in pass coverage late in the second quarter against the Falcons when teammate Tevaughn Campbell dived for the ball and collided with Williamson's knee. Williamson was the only starter still in the game at that point.

Speaking to reporters after Sunday night's Green and White practice at MetLife Stadium, Gase explained that he was trying to get Williamson more reps at his new position of weak-side linebacker and to get him more comfortable playing alongside Neville Hewitt. 


Gase said he regrets that decision now.

"Looking back on it, hindsight is 20/20," he said. "I wish I would have gotten him out of there a series earlier. But I've talked with him, and it's on me. I'm the one that has to make that call and get him out of there. But we didn't, and that's a shame because he was having a good camp."

Gase added that he was already 99.9% sure he wasn't going to play Le'Veon Bell this preseason, but after Williamson's injury, he's now 100% certain his new running back will sit out all the exhibition games.