Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is being placed on injured reserve, according to NFL.com.
Decker will probably undergo shoulder surgery, which will likely end his season.
This is a big blow to a Jets team that’s already struggling at 1-4. Decker was the Jets’ No. 2 receiver last year with 80 receptions and 12 touchdowns. He had seven catches in three games this season with two touchdowns.
Decker has missed the last two games, and Brandon Marshall had his best statistical game of the season in Sunday’s 31-13 loss at Pittsburgh. He caught eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
With Decker likely out for the rest of the season, Quincy Enunwa will have to play like he did in Week 1. Enunwa turned a lot of heads with seven receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. Enunwa’s production has leveled off since then. He’s caught 20 passes in the last four games with no touchdowns, even though he leads the Jets with 27 receptions.
Another possibility is incorporating the tight ends into the offense. No tight end caught a pass for the Jets in the first four games of the season. But at Pittsburgh on Sunday, tight ends caught three passes. Reclamation project Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught two in his Jets debut.
A lot of brainstorming needs to be done at Jets headquarters to figure out a way to absorb Decker’s absence.