New York Jets rookie tackle Max Mitchell has blood clots in his right calf and lung and will not play again this season, ESPN reported Thursday, citing Mitchell's father.
Mitchell was placed on the non-football injury list Thursday. Coach Robert Saleh declined to explain the reason.
Mitchell has a hereditary blood-clotting condition, according to his father, and it isn't something expected to end his football career once he recovers from the current episode.
The Jets selected Mitchell out of Louisiana in the fourth round of April's draft. Due to injuries to Mekhi Becton and George Fant, Mitchell was pressed into action at right tackle, starting five of the six games he played as a rookie.
Mitchell also missed six games with a knee injury. He returned in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears in a reserve capacity and started in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings.
In more positive news for the Jets, Fant returned from a knee injury to play against Minnesota after missing eight games. He projects to start at right tackle again with Mitchell unavailable. Fant was limited in practice Thursday (illness, knee).
--Field Level Media