New York Jets linebacker Jamaal Westerman had surgery recently to repair a torn groin, according to the Star-Ledger.
Reportedly, Westerman first suffered the injury in training camp, and only after the season did he and the Jets realize the severity of it. Westerman played the entire season injured, essentially.
The 26-year-old Westerman has spent the last three seasons with the Jets after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent.
He’s a local guy, Brooklyn-born and a graduate of Rutgers University, which is just ten miles from MetLife stadium.
Westerman worked his way onto the Jets roster in 2009 and slowly but surely has gotten more and more playing time. He made three starts in 2011 and appeared in all 16 games.
The outside linebacker got had 3.5 of his 4.5 career sacks in 2011, including two in one game against the New England Patriots. He had 18 pressures in 411 defensive snaps, despite the groin injury.
Westerman is a restricted free agent this offseason, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of market is out there for him. He played well, all things considered, in 2011. It would be nice to see him come back.