FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — It is too soon to tell how much time Eric Decker will miss with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, an injury the Jets announced Friday and described as “week to week.”
That week theoretically could be next week, if rest and rehab work, or it could be many weeks — or months — if rest and rehab do not work and surgery is required.
In the meantime, there is only one bit of clarity: Decker will not play tomorrow against the Seahawks (and their talented and ornery defensive secondary), and neither will fellow receiver Jalin Marshall, who also has a shoulder injury.
That means second-year man Quincy Enunwa is the No. 2 receiver behind Brandon Marshall, with No. 3 being undrafted rookie Robby Anderson, who caught his first two NFL passes last weekend.
Not to worry, the Jets say. “I think all of us have that kind of underdog mindset that we just want to go out there and compete,” Enunwa said.
Said Anderson, “I didn’t come here to just say I was a Jet. I came here to potentially become a starter, and that’s what I worked hard for over the summer.”
Well, here we are, with star cornerback Richard Sherman and his pals headed to MetLife Stadium.
“I go against [Darrelle] Revis every day,” Anderson said. “I’m not too worried. I have a lot of respect for [Sherman], but I’m not worried about who’s in front of me. I’m out there to do my job.”
Said Enunwa, “You start thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’m playing Richard Sherman,’ and I put unneeded stress on myself.”
The good receiving news Friday was that coach Todd Bowles said Brandon Marshall has looked better than he did last week in coming back from a knee injury suffered against the Bills on Sept. 15.
But there was no sugarcoating from Decker or Bowles about the uncertainty surrounding Decker’s status.
One goal is avoiding surgery. “Yeah, for sure. That’s why at this point, see how much strength and range of motion I get back,” Decker said.
He has had shoulder problems in the past. This one arose when he fell on it against the Bills. It still bothered him against the Chiefs last weekend, when he was limited to one reception.
“It’s something that kind of [stinks] at this point,” he said. “It’s early in the season. I felt that this was going to be a year where I can avoid injuries , but that’s something I have to deal with . . . The plan is to move forward, rehab and stick to what they have for me.”
When asked if Decker’s injury could be season-ending, Bowles said: “I’m not sure. They have to monitor it. Some people have played with it. We’ll have to see how it goes over the course of time.”
Notes & quotes: Bowles expects OT Ryan Clady (shoulder) to play . . . Did Bowles see anything this week that led him to believe that Ryan Fitzpatrick will rebound from last week’s six-interception outing? “Yes,” he said. “You can’t play any worse. We can’t coach it any worse. There is no way to go but up . . . We have all the confidence in the world in Ryan.”