Max Mitchell, a rookie offensive tackle for the New York Jets, had his season cut short on Wednesday after being placed on the team’s non-football injury (NFI) list.
On Wednesday, Coach Robert Saleh declined to explain why Mitchell was placed on the NFI list.
“I’m not going to get into specifics right now because there are a lot of things we’re trying to sort out,” said Coach Saleh.
As SNY’s Connor Hughes reported on Thursday, blood clots were found in Mitchell.
“Max Mitchell was placed on the NFI because doctors found he had blood clots,” Hughes wrote on his Twitter account.
“He is good & in good spirits. Grateful doctors caught them when they did. This is not believed to be long-term, career-threatening issue,” he added.
Max Mitchell was placed on the NFI because doctors found he had blood clots, sources tell @SNYtv.
He is good & in good spirits. Grateful doctors caught them when they did.
This is not believed to be long-term, career-threatening issue. #Jets
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 8, 2022
Fox News reported:
Mitchell has blood clots in his right calf and lung, his father revealed to ESPN.
John Mitchell, Max’s father, said the first-year offensive lineman has a hereditary blood-clotting condition called factor V Leiden. Mitchell is taking a blood-thinning medication and should make a full recovery, his father noted.
The condition is not expected to end Mitchell’s NFL career.
“It should not affect his career long-term,” John Mitchell said. “Of course, we’re taking a big, great deep breath with all of this, but his future is promising.”