New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa is expected to miss the entire 2017 season with a bulging disc in his neck.
Bowles: Enunwa has a bulging disc. A second opinion will likely indicate surgery & a 6-9 month recovery. Considered not career threatening.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 7, 2017
Big loss: Jets are placing WR Quincy Enunwa on injured reserve with a neck injury, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2017
The Jets 2014 sixth-round pick out of Nebraska was expected to be the team’s No. 1 wide receiver in 2017 following the departures of Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall this offseason.
Enunwa, 25, was coming off a career-year in his third season with Gang Green, recording 58 receptions for 857 yards.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound receiver suffered the injury on a non-contact play during 7-on-7 drills at MetLife Stadium Saturday night. Enunwa missed minicamp in June due to a similar injury, but the Jets receiver was considered healthy at the start of training camp, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
The loss of Enunwa for the 2017 season leaves the Jets with a young inexperienced receiving corps.
New York selected wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen in the 2017 NFL Draft, and will look for undrafted receiver Robby Anderson to step up his play in his second season.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver caught 42 passes for 582 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2016, and now will likely become the team’s No. 1 receiver with Enunwa sidelined.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys we’re trying to develop,” Jets head coach Todd Bowles said, via ESPN. “If there’s something out there that catches our eye, we’ll sign him. If not, we’ll stay with the guys we’ve got. All options are open.”
Enunwa is scheduled to become a restricted free agent in 2018.