ENUNWA TO MISS SEA­SON AF­TER NECK IN­JURY

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N.J.» The Jets will FLORHAM PARK, be with­out their top wide re­ceiver for the sea­son.

Quincy Enunwa will be placed on in­jured re­serve with a bulging disk in his neck that will prob­a­bly re­quire surgery, with a re­cov­ery time of 6 to 9 months. Coach Todd Bowles said Mon­day that Enunwa will seek a sec­ond opin­ion, and the in­jury is not con­sid­ered ca­reer-threat­en­ing.

“They said it wasn’t, but go­ing for­ward, we’ll see,” Bowles said. “They said he should come out OK.”

Enunwa, pro­jected as the Jets’ No. 1 re­ceiver, was hurt Sat­ur­day night dur­ing prac­tice at MetLife Sta­dium. Bowles said the in­jury ini­tially ap­peared sim­i­lar to the one that held Enunwa out dur­ing spring work­outs.

With Bran­don Mar­shall and Eric Decker cut dur­ing the off­sea­son, it ap­peared Enunwa would be given the op­por­tu­nity to lead an in­ex­pe­ri­enced re­ceiv­ing corps. He has 80 ca­reer catches for 1,172 yards and four touch­downs over two sea­sons.

“He was a big part of it,” Bowles said of Enunwa’s role on of­fense. “Our young guys are just go­ing to have to grow up fast.”

Brock on: Osweiler the starter.

OHIO» Brock Osweiler has BEREA, risen from trade throw-in to pre­sea­son starter.

The Browns’ never-end­ing quar­ter­back saga pro­duced yet an­other sur­prise.

Cleve­land coach Hue Jack­son picked Osweiler over Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer and Kevin Ho­gan to start Thurs­day’s ex­hi­bi­tion opener against the Saints in what will be an im­por­tant stage in a QB com­pe­ti­tion that’s mid­way through its sec­ond week, with no end in sight.

Bears’ Kush tears ham­string.

Bears guard Eric Kush will miss the sea­son be­cause of a torn ham­string.

Coach John Fox said Kush tore the ham­string from the bone late last week. Kush was placed on in­jured re­serve and is sched­uled for surgery Tues­day.

Kush had been strug­gling with ham­string pain. But Fox said the tear hap­pened in a dif­fer­ent area of the mus­cle.

Sea­hawks’ Clark to re­turn.

WASH.» Frank Clark’s REN­TON, dis­ci­pline for punching team­mate Ger­main Ifedi dur­ing the Sea­hawks’ train­ing camp seems to be ex­pir­ing.

Coach Pete Car­roll said Clark is ex­pected to re­turn to prac­tice this week af­ter be­ing side­lined since the fight erupted dur­ing prac­tice Thurs­day. Car­roll called the de­ci­sion to keep the de­fen­sive end out of prac­tice “coach’s dis­cre­tion.”

Mur­ray, Reiff are prac­tic­ing.

MINN.» Latavius Mur­ray MANKATO, was on the prac­tice field in pur­ple. Ri­ley Reiff was back to work, too.

Mur­ray was ac­ti­vated from the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list and prac­ticed with the Vik­ings for the first time since he was signed in March.

Reiff, the veteran left of­fen­sive tackle signed away from Detroit to shore up one of the team’s big­gest weak­nesses, had missed most of train­ing camp with a back in­jury.

Amen­dola back for more.

The thought of re­tir­ing af­ter last sea­son, go­ing out on top with the sec­ond Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onship of his ca­reer, never oc­curred to Pa­tri­ots wide re­ceiver Danny Amen­dola.

“I still have more to play, man,” Amen­dola said. “My body feels re­ally good. I feel the best I’ve felt in a long time. So I’m ex­cited to get out there, get some more reps, get some plays into the pre­sea­son and go from there.”

Foot­notes.

The Bills signed free-agent re­ceiver An­quan Boldin. … Former New Eng­land and Hous­ton de­fen­sive tackle Vince Wil­fork of­fi­cially an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the NFL in a bar­be­cue com­mer­cial.

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