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Chris Herndon a solid waiver wire add on return from suspension [injury update]

Jets tight end Chris Herndon returns from suspension in Week 6. He’ll be a popular waiver wire add.

New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon runs with the ball during the Preseason National Football League game between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets on August 24, 2019 at MaeLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Chris Herndon injury update 11:09 a.m.

If you were excited to add Chris Herndon to your roster, you might have to wait a week before you’ll get a chance to see what he can do. The Jets tight end suffered a hamstring injury last Friday while running routes on his own, according to team reporter Rich Cimini. Adam Gase was not optimistic about Herndon’s chances of playing on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Update: Manish Mehta is reporting Gase said the injury is week-to-week and Herndon is out for Sunday vs. the Cowboys.

Herndon is allowed to come back from his four-game suspension this week. The Jets are currently using a roster exemption for him, after which they’ll have to add him to their 53-man roster or release him. He’ll likely remain off the 53-man roster for one more week if possible, and then we’ll see what happens next week. Ryan Griffin remains the No. 1 tight end in his place.


The fantasy football waiver wire is already starting to run thin, and that is particularly the case for the tight end position. Heading into Week 6, there’s just not that many notable names available. However, New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon is a name to jump on if you can.

During the offseason, Herndon was suspended for four games due to a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The Jets had an early bye, so Herndon was suspended through Week 5. The Jets are currently using a roster exemption for Herndon, and head coach Adam Gase said he will need to evaluate Herndon in practice before making a roster decision, according to Jets beat writer Rich Cimini. The team has to activate him to the 53-man roster by Saturday if they want him available on Sunday.

Fantasy football analysis, Jets tight end Chris Herndon

The Jets spent a fourth round pick on Herndon in 2018, and he had a solid debut with 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns. He was viewed as a potential breakout candidate for 2019 prior to his suspension. He went undrafted in most leagues and is currently owned in 12 percent of ESPN leagues.

Herndon’s role is TBD given his inactivity the past five weeks, but he’s very much worth a flier. You might want to keep him on your bench week or two to see how productive he’ll be, but if you’ve got a roster spot and he’s available, make the claim. Even if you have a dominant tight end, he could serve as a bye week fill-in and/or trade bait.