Muhammad Wilkerson announced he underwent surgery on his broken leg Wednesday. The Jets defensive end fractured his right fibula in Sunday’s 22-17 loss to the Bills that knocked the Jets from playoff contention.
“Well, I didn’t expect the season to end so soon and start the new year with an injury but it’s part of the game,” tweeted Wilkerson, who recorded a career- and team-high 12 sacks. “Everybody have a great hump day while I have my surgery today thanks for all the prayers.”
Wilkerson, a New Jersey native and a 2011 first-round pick of the Jets, faces a months-long recovery as well as his uncertain future with the organization. After negotiations on a contract extension stalled last offseason, the Jets and Wilkerson’s camp agreed to put discussions on hold until after the 2015 season.
The Jets could place the franchise tag on him, thereby keeping Wilkerson under their control in 2016, or they could decide to trade him.
During a WFAN interview Tuesday, coach Todd Bowles expressed confidence that Wilkerson will be as good as new after surgery. “Mo’s a hard worker,” he said, “and he’s going to heal properly and he’ll be fine.”