Eric Decker’s season officially ended last week. And now, the Jets aren’t sure if he’ll be ready for the start of 2017, either.
A week after being placed on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the veteran wide receiver underwent hip surgery on Tuesday.
A source told Newsday that Decker had to get the procedure because of a labral tear and lesion in his left hip, though it’s unclear how extensive the damage is in his joint.
The Jets said his anticipated recovery time from hip surgery is six months, but once Decker is off crutches he will have shoulder surgery. According to the team, the estimated recovery time period for that procedure is eight months.
Decker’s entire rehab process likely will be shorter than 14 months, but it’s uncertain how much time he’ll miss. And, more importantly, whether he’ll be 100 percent by the start of the 2017 season.
“I think it’ll be close,” coach Todd Bowles said, adding that he doesn’t know how long Decker will be on crutches. “But I’ve got to see how he heals.”
Though Brandon Marshall hauled in more touchdown passes (14) last season, Decker (12) proved to be the Jets’ best red-zone receiving option. However, his production this season was severely hampered by offensive struggles and poor play-calling. In three games, Decker caught nine passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns before injuring his shoulder on Sept. 15 against Buffalo. He aggravated the injury 10 days later in Kansas City.