Jets WR Decker has hip surgery

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Eric Decker will be side­lined a bit longer than ini­tially ex­pected.

The Jets wide re­ceiver, al­ready on in­jured re­serve with a shoul­der in­jury, un­der­went surgery Tues­day on his hip.

The Jets an­nounced that hip surgery was deemed nec­es­sary af­ter Decker had an eval­u­a­tion when he was placed on IR last week with a torn ro­ta­tor cuff in his right shoul­der.

The team said the an­tic­i­pated re­cov­ery time for Decker’s hip surgery is six months. When he is able to get off crutches dur­ing that pe­riod, he will then have the surgery on his shoul­der, with re­cov­ery time ex­pected to be eight months.

“It’s prob­a­bly too early for that,” coach Todd Bowles said of Decker pos­si­bly miss­ing the start of next sea­son. “It’ll prob­a­bly be close, but I’ve got to see how he heals.”

Decker i njured his shoul­der against the Bills on Sept. 15 and it wors­ened the fol­low­ing week against the Chiefs.

He was in­ac­tive for two games while the Jets waited to see whether the shoul­der would im­prove. When it was de­ter­mined last week that it hadn’t, the Jets put Decker on in­jured re­serve so he could have sea­son-end­ing surgery. Belichick laments tech: Pa­tri­ots coach Bill Belichick is throw­ing in the towel in his on­go­ing fight with the use of tablets on the side­line.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion in a con­fer­ence call about head­set prob­lems the Pa­tri­ots had dur­ing last week’s win over the Ben­gals, Belichick said he “can’t take it any­more” with the tablets, adding there isn’t enough con­sis­tency in the per­for­mance of the de­vices.

“I’ve given them as much time as I can give them,” he said. “They’re just too un­de­pend­able for me.”

He also railed for sev­eral min­utes about on­go­ing prob­lems with com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems be­tween coaches in the press box and those on the field and the coach-to-quar­ter­back play-call­ing sys­tem, which Belichick said “fail on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

“There are very few games that we play, home or away, day, night, cold, hot, pre­sea­son, reg­u­lar sea­son, post­sea­son, it doesn’t make any dif­fer­ence; there are very few games where there aren’t is­sues in some form or fash­ion with that equip­ment,” he said. Poyer out of hospi­tal: Browns safety Jor­dan Poyer was dis­charged from a Nashville, Tenn., hospi­tal af­ter one of his kid­neys was lac­er­ated by a vi­cious hit dur­ing Sun­day’s 28-26 loss to the Ti­tans.

Poyer was blind­sided by Ti­tans run­ning back An­to­nio An­drews while cov­er­ing a punt in the sec­ond quar­ter. An­drews had an un­ob­structed run at Poyer be­fore de­liv­er­ing his blow, which was pe­nal­ized. Ex­tra points: The Chiefs traded RB Knile Davis to the Pack­ers for a con­di­tional draft pick. … Steel­ers QB Ben Roeth­lis­berger (knee) was ruled out of Sun­day’s game against the Pa­tri­ots. ... ESPN re­ported t hat doc­tors be­lieve Browns QB Robert Grif­fin III will not need surgery on the frac­tured cora­coid bone in his left shoul­der. ... The Fal­cons placed DE Der­rick Shelby on in­jured re­serve with a torn Achilles ten­don.

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