The New York Jets will be without one of their best offensive weapons for quite a while.
The Jets will place wide receiver Eric Decker on injured reserve because of a torn labrum injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Decker injured his shoulder during New York’s Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and hasn’t played in the past two games. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Decker will undergo season-ending surgery. In a corresponding move, the Jets signed cornerback Nick Marshall to the active roster.
Decker is one of New York’s best red-zone threats and had 2 receiving touchdowns in three games played this season. Combined with Brandon Marshall, the Jets had one of the best receiving duos in the league last season. The tandem combined for 189 receptions and 26 touchdowns as the Jets went 10-6 with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.
Obviously, opponents now will stack their coverage toward Marshall, but third-year pro Quincy Enunwa could be the next man up in New York’s offense. Enunwa arguably has been the team’s most effective receiver through the first five games, catching 27 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown. Youngsters Robby Anderson and Charone Peake also could see an enhanced role in the offense. Rookie Jalin Marshall (shoulder) and second-year receiver Devin Smith are both rehabbing injuries.
The Jets passing game has struggled at times this season and Fitzpatrick’s 10 interceptions are a major reason for the team’s dismal 1-4 start.