Vinny Curry, the New York Jets defensive end, announced on Wednesday that he has a rare blood disorder that required his spleen to be removed and will keep him out of the National Football League (NFL) for a few months.
In posts on his official social media handles, the 33-year-old informed that Jets team doctors discovered the disorder last month, however, he didn't specify the condition ailing him. Curry said he was projected to return to the field in mid-September, but he developed blood clots and is taking blood thinners that prevent him from having physical contact for the next three to six months.
"While I am incredibly disappointed that I will not be able to play with my teammates this year, I am thankful that the doctors identified my condition in time," Curry wrote. "They have informed me that I am expected to make a full recovery and return to the field next season."
The news will come as a major blow to the Jets, who signed Curry on a one-year, $1.3 million deal in March to help boost the side's pass rush.
Throughout training camp, he was on the active/non-football injury list. His season was cut short when he was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Tuesday.
In his Twitter post, which was captioned "God Got Me," Curry thanked everyone who had already reached out to him to wish him well.
"I can promise them all,” he said, “that I will be back stronger and more determined than ever."
During his first six years with the Eagles, the Neptune, New Jersey native, who was a second-round selection out of Marshall in 2012, evolved into a pass-rushing specialist. He spent the 2018 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before returning to Philadelphia the following year.
Curry was on the sideline with the Jets defense on Wednesday as New York finished two days of joint practice sessions with Philadelphia. He playfully exchanged trash talk with his former Eagles teammates during some plays. After a would-be sack in practice, Philadelphia defensive tackle Javon Hargrave did a sack dance that he later said was in tribute to Curry.
With inputs from the Associated Press