NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets have agreed to terms with Bilal Powell, bringing back the franchise's 10th-leading rusher after a neck injury cut short his season last year.
The 30-year-old Powell worked out for New York on Friday and appears to have proven he is healthy.
He had surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck after he was hurt during a 2-yard run late in the second quarter of New York's 37-17 loss to Minnesota on Oct. 21. Powell spent the rest of the season on injured reserve and his playing career was uncertain.
Powell has 3,446 yards rushing in eight seasons with the Jets, 1 yard behind Adrian Murrell for ninth on the team's career list. He was drafted in the fourth round out of Louisville in 2011 and has been a dual-threat presence out of the backfield, catching 204 passes for 1,567 yards and five touchdowns.
Powell joins a crowded Jets backfield that includes Le'Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon and De'Angelo Henderson.