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Vinny Curry reveals the reason for season-ending diagnosis

New York Jets defensive end Vinny Curry took to social media to shed light on his season-ending diagnosis on Wednesday, revealing that blood clots are causing him to miss out on the 2021 season.

Curry, signer of a one-year, $1.3 million contract this offseason, said that team doctors originally diagnosed him with a “rare blood disorder.”

That process required the removal of Curry’s spleen and gave him an estimated return of September. Head coach Robert Saleh planned on Curry being ready for the Jets’ home opener against New England on Sept. 19.

However, Curry revealed that blood clots formed during his treatment. His subsequent treatment with blood thinners prevents him from engaging in physical contact for the next 3-6 months. The Jets placed him on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday as they made the mandated cutdown to 80 players on their active roster.

“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 said in his statement.

“They have informed me that I am expected to make a full recovery and return to the field next season. I am so grateful to all those who have reached out to me on the phone, through social media, and in person. I can promise them all that I will be back stronger and more determined than ever.”

Curry was set to enter his tenth NFL season, spending all but one of the prior nine with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl squad at the end of the 2017-18 season, one earned with current Jets general manager Joe Douglas in the front office.

The Neptune, NJ native tallied 16 tackles, three sacks, and a fumble recovery over 11 games last season. He was an efficient disruptor as a pass rusher, creating pressure on 14.0% of his pass-rush snaps, which ranked at the 94th percentile among qualified edge rushers.

New York concludes its preseason slate against the Eagles on Friday night at MetLife Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, WCBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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