Jets announce Eric Decker has partially torn rotator cuff

BY foxsports • September 30, 2016

Eric Decker has a partially torn rotator cuff that will sideline him for Sunday's game against Seattle and possibly longer, the New York Jets announced Friday.

The Jets' leading wide receiver said he hurt his right shoulder in the Week 2 win at Buffalo and aggravated it in last week's loss to the Chiefs. An MRI revealed the extent of the damage and Decker is listed as "week to week".

Decker has nine catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns in three games. He didn't practice this week and hopes surgery isn't necessary.

"I've had previous injuries to my shoulder," Decker told reporters. "When I fell, I thought it was my AC joint, but to get the diagnosis, it kind of is what it is and something that kind of (stinks) at this point because it's early in the season. I felt like this was going to be a year where I could avoid injuries, but that's something I've got to deal with."

The Jets' receiving corps is a bit banged up, which hurts even more with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick coming off a career-high six interceptions last week. Brandon Marshall is practicing and playing through knee and foot ailments, and rookie Jalin Marshall is out for a few weeks with a torn labrum.

Quincy Enunwa, who leads New York with 17 receptions, likely will see an increased role, as could undrafted rookie Robby Anderson, whose 264 yards receiving in the preseason were tops in the NFL.

Enunwa was a sixth-round draft pick in 2014 who has worked his way from the practice squad as a rookie to being the Jets' No. 3 receiver. Anderson starred at Temple and became one of the standouts of training camp this summer by consistently making plays.

If Anderson fills in at Decker's spot, he could see a lot of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman — a scenario that doesn't faze him.

"I mean, I go against (Darrelle) Revis every day, so I'm not really too worried," Anderson said. "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."

Although New York tight ends have no receptions yet, the team could quickly get Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Monday, involved in the passing game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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