Jets' Eric Decker out several months due to hip, shoulder surgeries
New York already has placed Decker on injured reserve
When the Jets placed receiver Eric Decker on injured reserve a week ago, they didn't indicate if he could return later in the season. Based on the Jets' latest announcement, Decker will not be returning this year.
On Tuesday, the Jets announced that Decker underwent hip surgery and will also have shoulder surgery when he's off crutches. The hip surgery is new information, as Decker went on injured reserve for a partially torn rotator cuff.
His recovery from both operations will be lengthy. According to the team, Decker faces a six-month recovery for his hip and an eight-month recovery for his shoulder. That will end his season.
And it could even impact his 2017 season.
Bowles on whether Decker may miss time in 2017: "It's probably too early for that. It'll probably be close. We've got to see how he heals."— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 18, 2016
The Jets' season is already over, though, having dropped to 1-5 after getting shellacked by the Cardinals on Monday night. Their quarterback situation, featuring Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, is in disarray. Their defense is allowing too many big plays. They're constantly losing the turnover battle.
They're just not any good.
Another reason for their struggles is an inability to punch the ball into the end zone in red zone situations. They're ranked last with a 36.36 red zone touchdown scoring percentage. That's an area that Decker could've helped, considering he caught 10 touchdowns in the red zone a year ago. Now, even more defensive attention can directed toward Brandon Marshall while Quincy Enunwa will be asked to fill in for Decker. To this point, Enunwa has hauled in 30 passes for 336 yards and a touchdown.
In his brief three-game season Decker caught nine passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
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