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New York Jets' Carl Lawson will miss the 2021 NFL season with a torn Achilles

Dec 21, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson (58) reacts while running onto the field prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets prized free agent Carl Lawson will miss the 2021 NFL season with a torn Achilles.

Lawson was carted off the field with a left leg injury during Thursday’s practice, per The Athletic’s Connor Hughes. The Jets confirmed following an MRI that the 26-year-old pass-rusher suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the entire season.

The former Cincinnati Bengal signed a three-year, $45 million contract with the Jets this offseason, $30 million of which is guaranteed. His $15 million average per year (APY) ranks 15th at his position, per Over the Cap.

Since entering the league in 2017, Lawson’s pass-rush grade on true pass-rush sets ranks in the 96th percentile among all edge defenders — firmly in elite territory. Injuries and inconsistent play limited his opportunities to begin his career, but he did manage to finished the 2020 season with a career-high 723 defensive snaps and 84.9 pass-rushing grade.

Unfortunately, injuries have struck again for Lawson.

Prior to the Lawson injury, the Jets’ defensive line ranked seventh in the NFL on PFF’s preseason defensive line rankings. Analyst Ben Linsey sang the unit’s praises this offseason, calling Lawson & Co. one of the most improved units in the NFL and a clear-cut reason for optimism in New York.

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