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Jets Eric Decker surprisingly has hip surgery, could miss 2017 season

25 Sep 2016: New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) before a matchup between the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
Photographer: Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker had surgery on Tuesday. But it wasn’t on the injured shoulder that has been keeping him off the playing field.

Earlier today the team announced that Decker underwent hip surgery on Tuesday morning that will take six months to recover from. The receiver was placed on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff on October 12 and needs surgery to repair that as well.

During an evaluation on his injured shoulder though, the doctors found his hip issue and the new surgery was “deemed necessary” for the veteran receiver.

The big problem for the Jets now becomes Decker’s health for the 2017 season. He was expected to miss the rest of this season already, but with the new hip injury he may now miss next season as well.

At this point a six-month recovery period is expected for Decker’s hip injury and he will need eight months to recover from the shoulder surgery that he needs. That being said, he can’t get the surgery on his shoulder until he is off the crutches, so there is very little overlap time.

Ultimately if Decker is able to realistically get off the crutches and have the shoulder surgery in four months time from now, it would still mean that at best he would be able to return for Week 7 of the 2017 season. So any setbacks would mean the entire season would be lost.

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