Things go from bad to worse for the New York Jets. Eric Decker has undergone a surgical procedure to repair hip damage. Already sidelined with a torn rotator cuff that will require surgery, the Jets announced Decker underwent hip surgery today. The hip problem was discovered when Decker was undergoing tests and evaluation related to his torn rotator cuff.
Decker still needs to have surgery to repair his rotator cuff. That surgery has now been postponed until after Decker is off crutches from the hip surgery.
The hip surgery's recovery time is estimated to be approximately six months. The shoulder surgery recovery time is estimated at approximately eight months. Since the shoulder surgery won't take place until Decker is recovered from the hip surgery, Decker may now be looking at a total recovery time of a year or more. That timetable would put Decker, at a minimum, on the PUP list at the start of the 2017 season, and there is a risk Decker could miss the entire 2017 season.
Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the Jets, fate chuckles at the notion.
If there is a bright side to this, it would be the increased opportunity for the Jets young wide receivers Jalin Marshall, Robby Anderson, Charone Peake and Devin Smith to develop into significant contributors on offense. Time will tell if any of them have what it takes to rise to the challenge.