The New York Jets suffered a major blow to their crop of skill-position players Monday.
“He has a bulging disk in his neck,” head coach Todd Bowles said at a press conference. “Barring a second opinion, he’s probably going to have to get surgery. He’ll be out about six-to-nine months.”
Enunwa mentioned a tingling feeling in the spring and was rested as a result. Bowles said the injury was treatable at first, but that it flared up after a fall on Saturday.
Enunwa was projected to take over as the Jets’ No. 1 receiver. Playing behind proven veterans Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker last season, he recorded career highs in receptions (58), yards (857), and touchdowns (4).
Marshall and Decker were both jettisoned this offseason, leaving Enunwa as the leader of a receiving corps that includes unproven youngsters Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Jalin Marshall, and Chad Hansen.
The Jets’ offense will now have to go through journeyman quarterback Josh McCown, weathered running back Matt Forte, and Bilal Powell, he of 20 career starts.
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