The New York Jets already might have to worry about third-round receiver ArDarius Stewart.
Stewart hasn’t participated in practice since rookie minicamp and coach Todd Bowles revealed Wednesday that the rookie wideout is recovering from groin and thumb surgeries, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. Stewart underwent both procedures over the past two weeks and Bowles said Cimini “should be good to go,” by training camp.
These injuries were both sustained before Stewart joined the Jets and aren’t deemed as serious. However, Stewart will be behind from a conditioning standpoint and has missed out on some precious reps to hone New York’s offense.
Stewart isn’t the only Jets receiver battling an injury. Fourth-round pick Chad Hansen left practice Tuesday with a knee injury and Quincy Enunwa is sitting out of minicamp with a neck injury.
The Jets parted ways with established veterans such as Brandon Marshall and — most recently — Eric Decker to give their young receivers more opportunities in a throwaway 2017 season. The Jets better hope injuries don’t derail those plans, or else things could get even uglier this season.