FLORHAM PARK: Monday afternoon, New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro said he had no clue when he'd be healthy enough to return to the field after injuring his shoulder.
Tuesday afternoon, the Jets gave him a definitive timetable: 2016.
New York announced that Amaro has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve. Amaro's injury, which previously had been reported by the team as simply a "shoulder" issue, is a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
"When (Amaro) got hurt (three weeks ago)," Bowles said, "It was either a 2-, 3-week period to get better, or if it didn't get better, and it was still as worse as it was, then we had to go ahead and do the surgery.
"We gave him time to get better. He didn't get better. So we had to go ahead and do the surgery and place him on the IR."
Originally drafted in the second round of last year's draft, Amaro appeared in 14 games for the Jets in 2014 and caught 38 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns. He led all rookie tight ends in receptions and yards while playing primarily behind Jets starter Jeff Cumberland.
This season, Amaro was expected to make an impact on the field in new coordinator Chan Gailey's offense, but was seldom on the field. Amaro missed the large majority of the Jets offseason workouts (OTAs, minicamp) with a back injury. He started training camp as a limited participant, worked his way back to a full-go, but was injured in the Jets preseason opener against the Detroit Lions.
He hasn't been on the field since.
"I wanna be out there as bad as anyone else does," Amaro told Scout.com on Monday. "It's been disappointing not being able to play in these preseason games. I feel like I could have had a couple good ones. I was excited about getting a chance to play.
"Right now, I just need to get my strength back. The strength I need to play. The biggest thing for me is being able to be effective out there blocking and catching the ball."
Amaro said his injury, which occurred on a left-side cut block against Detroit, didn't originally appear to be anything serious, and it wasn't until the next day, when he couldn't move it at all, that he realized there was an issue.
While things have improved --Amaro says he does have movement again--it hasn't been enough to warrant the Jets waiting it out. The team still has veterans Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis, along with roster long shots Arthur Lynch and Wes Saxton to help ease the loss of Amaro. Receiver Quincy Enunwa is another player who could see additional time. In Amaro's recent absence, the Jets have been experimenting with Enunwa at H-back.
"Someone has to step up," Bowles said. "We have a couple guys playing this weekend that we wanna see more of. We'll take it from there. It's a chance for someone else to play. That's all."
Aside from Amaro, the Jets also placed defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson on the IR, and waived defensive back Dashaun Phillips. The moves put New York's roster at 75 players, the league-mandated total for this point in time .