Florham Park, N.J. - More bad news for the New York Jets as the team announced Wednesday, wide receiver Eric Decker will be placed on Injured Reserve - likely ending his season. After sustaining a partially torn rotator cuff in the Jets' Week Two victory over the Buffalo Bills, Decker re-aggravated his shoulder against the Kansas City Chiefs a week later. He has not practiced since.
This means the Jets will have to dig out of a 1-4 hole without one of their more dangerous offensive weapons. Decker attempted to get back on the practice field and push through the injury, but the pain limited the receiver's mobility and would have restricted Decker's effectiveness. The only thing he could do on the practice field was light stretches with the team.
In three games this season, Decker compiled nine catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Decker had 80 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns. He and Brandon Marshall came together as one of the most threatening wide receiving duos in the league in 2015.
Surgery was always a legitimate option that no member of the organization wanted to think about. Now, the wide receiver will have the season-ending surgery on his shoulder that will set him up to be ready for 2017. In reality, rehab would have prolonged the inevitable. Partially torn labrums are an injury players take seriously. Chad Pennington attempted to play through a torn one in 2004 with the Jets but that hurt his recovery period and effected the next season.
New York will now have to find a replacement for Decker among the wide outs. On Tuesday, the team claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Butler. With Jalin Marshall on the road to recovery as well as Devin Smith, the Jets could be gaining two young receivers before season's end. Smith remains on the PUP after suffering a torn ACL in 2015.
Joe Barone is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)