Jets WR Eric Decker in danger of missing 2017 season following hip surgery

BY Cameron DaSilva • November 15, 2016

The New York Jets were dealt a significant blow when Eric Decker went down with a shoulder injury, forcing them to place the wide receiver on injured reserve. Well, it turns out he won’t just miss all of this season, but he’s in danger of missing time in 2017, too.

The team announced Tuesday that Decker underwent surgery on his hip, which comes with a six-month recovery timetable. The procedure was “deemed necessary” following an evaluation of his shoulder injury.

After he recovers from hip surgery in six months and is off crutches, he’ll undergo shoulder surgery, which carries an eight-month recovery timetable. Putting two and two together, Decker is facing a 14-month absence before he’s even able to return to football activities.

This season, Decker caught nine passes in three games, totaling 194 yards and two touchdowns. He’s become one of the best red zone threats in all of football, and his absence from the lineup has had a significant impact on the Jets’ offense.

Decker is signed through the 2018 season and carries a cap hit of $8.75 million next year.