New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss the entire 2017-18 season with a bulging disk in his neck, which he suffered during the Jets’ scrimmage Saturday night, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
“Enunwa should be able to return in six to eight months,” Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke University, said. “Enunwa’s doctors are likely considering a diskectomy to try to clean up the disk from the nerve, and if the injury is serious enough, Enunwa may have to undergo a fusion.”
This injury tends to result in lingering nerve symptoms in arms and hands in the form of weakness, numbness, or tingling. Additionally, it can take months for the numbness to go away post surgery. -Dr. Thomas Protopapas, TFD contributor and doctor of physical therapy
Enunwa was expected to be New York’s No. 1 wideout this season with the departures of veterans Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Injuries to both former Pro-Bowlers gave Enunwa the chance in 2016, as the 25-year old burst onto the scene with 58 receptions going for 857 yards and four touchdowns.
Fantasy-wise, Enunwa’s injury means that no Jets’ wide receivers should be drafted this season. Enunwa’s breakout season had him ranked within the draftable range of wide receivers, but with arguably the most unsettled quarterback position in the NFL and little talent at wideout, it is advisable to stay away from all Jets receivers right now.
Enunwa’s injury significantly subtracts from New York’s available weapons, with only Matt Forte and Bilal Powell being the only reasonable picks at the moment from the Jets’ offense.
Although Powell and Forte should both see in uptick in carries with little confidence in the signal-caller, they will continually have to run through eight defenders pressed up to the line of scrimmage. Unless embattled tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins or one of the other targets in the passing game is able to become a viable option, Forte and Powell should be facing an uphill climb to figure into most owners’ starting lineups.
If anything, Enunwa’s injury provides more of a reason to look at opposing defenses every week of the schedule. With an injury-prone starting running back in Forte, a question mark behind center and now little hope on the outside, the Jets should be hurting on offense throughout the season. If someone is on the fence choosing between another defense and one in the AFC East, especially with Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill also out for the foreseeable future, playing New York and Miami four times a season could be the deciding factor.