Just two days after wide receiver Quincy Enunwa suffered a non-contact injury during the Green & White practice, the New York Jets have opted to place him on the injured reserve.
Coach Todd Bowles said after Monday’s practice Enunwa has a bulging disc in his neck that will require surgery. He will miss six-to-nine months. During the 7-on-7 portion of the practice, Enunwa ran a slant route over the middle near the goal-line. After he dropped the pass, he fell and hit his neck. Bowles said after the scrimmage that Enunwa suffered a similar neck injury to the one that limited him during the spring.
It’s a tough break for the Jets, who already had gotten rid of their two most productive receivers — Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker — during the offseason in a salary-purge. In 2016, Enunwa was one of the bright spots from an otherwise dismal season. He caught 58 passes for 857 yards and four touchdowns. He was projected to be New York’s top receiver for the 2017 season.
Behind Enunwa, the Jets have two second-year undrafted free agents, Robby Anderson and Jalin Marshall; two rookies, ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen; and their 2016 seventh-round pick Charone Peake.
The injury also gives fringe receivers such as Frankie Hammond, Marquess Wilson, Lucky Whitehead and Chris Harper a better chance to make the 53-man roster.
It’s also a devastating blow for Enunwa because he is in the final year of his rookie contract — he is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2017 season.
Bowles said the team does not think Enunwa’s injury is career-threatening.
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