Surgery will end Decker’s sea­son

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The Jets’ strug­gling of­fense will be with­out one of its big­gest play­mak­ers for the rest of the sea­son.

Wide re­ceiver Eric Decker was placed on in­jured re­serve Wednes­day with a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff in his right shoul­der and will have sea­son-end­ing surgery.

Decker was in­ac­tive the last two weeks after ini­tially be­ing in­jured against the Bills in Week 2 and the shoul­der wors­en­ing against the Chiefs the fol­low­ing week.

Decker had nine catches for 194 yards and two touch­downs i n three games. He had 80 re­cep­tions for 1,027 yards and 12 scores — in­clud­ing a team­record 10 scor­ing grabs in­side the op­po­nents’ 20yard line — last sea­son. Kaep’s new deal: 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick signed a re­struc­tured deal that elim­i­nates in­jury guar­an­tees, NFL Net­work re­ported.

The re­worked con­tract gives Kaeper­nick the op­tion to void the deal after the 2016 sea­son and elim­i­nates roughly $14.5 mil­lion in in­jury guar­an­tees for 2017. The deal also dis­solves the fi­nal three years of a six-year con­tract that pre­vi­ously kept him un­der con­tract through 2020. New­ton back at prac­tice: Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton re­turned to prac­tice, but it re­mains un­clear if he will play Sun­day against the Saints.

Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said New­ton re­mains in the league’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col and the team is wait­ing “with bated breath” to find out how New­ton re­sponds when he re­ports to work fol­low­ing his first day of prac­tice in nearly two weeks. Reed in pro­to­col: Red­skins tight end Jor­dan Reed is be­ing eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion, an in­jury that puts his sta­tus for Sun­day’s game against the Ea­gles in doubt.

Reed has a his­tory of con­cus­sions, but coach Jay Gru­den said he didn’t want to spec­u­late on what the im­pact of an­other con­cus­sion would mean un­til test re­sults come back.

“He just had some symp­toms, it doesn’t mean it is” a con­cus­sion, Gru­den said. “We just want to make sure we take the right steps.” Ex­tra points: The Charg­ers will be with­out CB Bran­don Flow­ers (con­cus­sion) and S Jahleel Ad­dae (col­lar­bone) for their Thurs­day night game against the Broncos. … ExBay­lor coach Art Briles is work­ing as a guest coach with the Browns. Coach Hue Jack­son said Briles will be around for an un­spec­i­fied pe­riod of time. … Pack­ers RB Ed­die Lacy missed prac­tice and it’s un­clear if he’ll be ready to play Sun­day against the Cow­boys, coach Mike McCarthy said.

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