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Cotchery has back surgery, says he'll be fine

Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery fights off linebacker

Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery fights off linebacker James Harrison. Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara

Jerricho Cotchery underwent surgery last month to repair a herniated disk that he played with during the 2010 season, a source confirmed.

The Jets wide receiver told ESPN New York that doctors shaved off a part of the disk that was pressing against the nerve, causing the painful discomfort.

“It wasn't a good feeling,” Cotchery told ESPN New York. “It was pretty painful. I wouldn't want any football player to have to go through that.”

Cotchery, who sat out two games with a groin injury, said he’s hopeful he’ll start running within the next month or so and expects to be ready for training camp, provided, of course, the NFL settles its labor dispute.

"My back is feeling good and I'm progressing really well," said Cotchery, who’s rehabbing at a facililty not far from his New Jersey home since he’s not allowed at the Jets’ Florham Park training facility because of the lockout. "I can't wait to get back on the field."

Cotchery posted 433 yards and two touchdowns on 41 receptions in the regular season, and provided one of the season’s most memorable plays when he tore his groin making a spectacular grab in the Jets’ overtime win against the Browns. He also had 146 yards and a score on 12 receptions in the postseason.

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