Eric Decker’s season is officially over.
The Jets predictably placed the veteran wide receiver on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday three weeks after he suffered a partially torn rotator cuff. Although Decker and the team remained optimistic that rehab would do the trick, it became painfully obvious that he’s ultimately have to go under the knife.
Decker suffered the injury in the Jets’ only win of the season in Buffalo in the second game. He aggravated it in a loss in Kansas City.
“My mindset is that I want to get back on the field,” Decker said last week. “But that’s something that, at this point, isn’t a definitive answer.”
In many ways, this news was expected. The organization was fully aware that surgery would almost certainly be needed even as Decker started to work with trainers to avoid that possibility. Decker admitted that he had discussed surgery with the doctors and trainers too.
“That’s something that, down the road, we’ll have the conversation again and look at it again,” Decker said last week. “They’ll let me know the right thing to do. All I can say is I’m making progress. I feel better than I did last week. Hopefully, that continues as the days progress.”
It evidently didn’t.
Decker’s loss is significant for an offense that has struggled since it’s 37-point explosion in Buffalo. Ryan Fitzpatrick loses a trusted red-zone weapon and security blanket. Decker had 80 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns, including 10 in the red zone last season.
He was one-half a wide receiver tandem with Brandon Marshall that buoyed the Jets last season.
Decker had nine receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns this season. The Jets are trying to fill his void with Quincy Enunwa and a bunch of rookies.
The Jets signed cornerback Nick Marshall off the Jaguars practice squad to replace Decker on the 53-man roster.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News