Jets’ Decker out with in­jured shoul­der

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Den­nis Waszak Jr.

The New York Jets will be with­out Eric Decker this week­end — and maybe for a while longer.

The star wide re­ceiver has a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff that will side­line him for at least Sun­day’s game against the Seat­tle Sea­hawks. Coach Todd Bowles an­nounced Fri­day that Decker will be “week to week” with the right shoul­der in­jury.

Decker was in­jured against Buffalo on Sept. 15, but the shoul­der wors­ened last Sun­day dur­ing the Jets’ loss at Kansas City . He said af­ter the game that the shoul­der was sore, but an MRI re­vealed that it was worse than that.

“I fell on it the sec­ond game against Buffalo and I’ve had is­sues with my shoul­der for a while now,” Decker said in the Jets’ locker room. “It doesn’t mean you can’t play through it. You’ve just got to see what’s go­ing on and it’s just some­thing that, at this point, is kind of week to week and we’ll see if I make some pro­gres­sion.”

Decker did not par­tic­i­pate in prac­tice all week. He didn’t even take part in stretch­ing with his team­mates un­til Fri­day.

Decker, who has nine catches for a team-lead­ing 194 yards and two touch­downs, said there was no pre­cise mo­ment he re­al­ized the in­jury had got­ten worse against the Chiefs. He be­gan to no­tice

some­thing was wrong when he was try­ing to push off or sep­a­rate from de­fend­ers.

“I’ve had pre­vi­ous in­juries to my shoul­der,” he said. “When I fell, I thought it was my AC joint, but to get the di­ag­no­sis, it kind of is what it is and some­thing that kind of (stinks) at this point be­cause it’s early in the sea­son. I felt like this was go­ing to be a year where I could avoid in­juries, but that’s some­thing I’ve got to deal with.”

For now, Decker hopes to avoid surgery dur­ing the sea­son.

“Yeah, for sure,” he said. “That’s why, at this point, we’ll see how much strength and range of mo­tion I get back.”

The re­ceiver is un­cer­tain, how­ever, whether the in­jury will even­tu­ally re­quire surgery. “That’s some­thing that, down the road, we’ll have that dis­cus­sion when needed,” he said. “Right now, my fo­cus is to do what I can as far as re­hab and see where I’m at.”

With Decker side­lined, the Jets’ re­ceiv­ing corps is a bit banged up. Bran­don Marshall is prac­tic­ing and play­ing through knee and foot ail­ments, and rookie Jalin Marshall is out for a

few weeks with a torn labrum.

Quincy Enunwa, who leads New York with 17 re­cep­tions, will likely see an in­creased role, as could un­drafted rookie Robby An­der­son, whose 264 yards re­ceiv­ing in the pre­sea­son was tops in the NFL.

Enunwa was a six­thround draft pick in 2014 who has worked his way from the prac­tice squad as a rookie to be­ing the Jets’ No. 3 re­ceiver.

“I’ve been kind of blessed to get a few tar­gets these past three weeks and I’ve han­dled them well,” he said. “If more tar­gets come, then more tar­gets come. I think with the work that I put in dur­ing the off­sea­son, I’m pre­pared for what­ever comes.” An­der­son starred at Tem­ple and be­came one of the stand­outs of train­ing camp this sum­mer by con­sis­tently mak­ing plays.

“My mind­set be­cause I was un­drafted, that put a chip on my shoul­der,” he said. “I didn’t come here to just say that I was a Jet. I came here to po­ten­tially be­come a starter and that’s what I worked hard for over the sum­mer.”

If he fills in at Decker’s spot, he could see a lot of Sea­hawks cor­ner­back Richard Sher­man — a sce­nario that doesn’t faze him.

“I mean, I go against (Dar­relle) Re­vis ev­ery

day, so I’m not re­ally too wor­ried,” An­der­son said. “I have a lot of re­spect for (Sher­man), but I’m not wor­ried about who’s in front of me. I’m out there to do my job.”

The Jets re-signed Jeremy Ross ear­lier this week, and they also have sev­enth-round draft pick Charone Peake as healthy re­ceivers. Al­though New York tight ends have no re­cep­tions yet, the team could also quickly get Austin Se­fe­rian-Jenk­ins , who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Mon­day, in­volved in the pass­ing game.

“Luck­ily, we have so many tal­ented re­ceivers be­hind me, Decker and BMarsh that if some­body goes down, we still have guys that don’t think the stage is too big for them,” Enunwa said. “I’m ex­cited to see what they’re ca­pa­ble of.”

NOTES: LT Ryan Clady is ques­tion­able with a shoul­der ail­ment, but Bowles said he will play Sun­day . ... LG James Car­pen­ter was ex­cused from prac­tice for per­sonal rea­sons . ... Bowles was asked if he has seen any­thing this week that makes him ex­pect a re­bound per­for­mance from Ryan Fitz­patrick, who threw six in­ter­cep­tions last week. “Yeah, he can’t play any worse,” Bowles said. “You can’t coach it any worse. There’s no way to go but up.”


Jets wide re­ceiver Eric Decker has a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff that will side­line him for the team’s game against the Sea­hawks on Sun­day.

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