Jets WR Enunwa out for season with neck injury

Updated: September 11, 2019

10:43 AM ET

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss the remainder of the season with an unspecified neck injury, his second significant neck injury in the past 25 months.

Coach Adam Gase, who confirmed the injury Wednesday, wouldn’t comment on whether it is career-threatening. He also said it’s too soon to say if Enunwa, 27, who sat out the 2017 season, will need surgery.

Enunwa is scheduled to have further tests on Monday, a source said. Those tests will determine the course of action. Two years ago, he suffered a herniated disk in a training-camp practice. The preliminary indication is the injuries are similar. He was hurt in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills.

“The way he plays, everything is violent,” Gase said. “He gives everything he has. I feel for him in the aspect that he’s going through something like this. It’s not something that’s easy for guys that have been doing this their whole life.”

Enunwa got hurt early in the first half on Sunday, but stayed on the sideline only briefly. He wound up playing 62 of 67 offensive snaps, finishing with only one catch. He “didn’t feel right after the game,” according to Gase. During the game, Gase “didn’t think anything of it because it’s, like, football.”

Enunwa has battled injuries throughout his career, but he’s a key piece on offense because of his yards-after-catch ability. He was used last season mainly as a possession receiver, but there was talk of expanding his role this year under the new coaching staff. In five seasons, he has 119 catches, 1,617 yards and five touchdowns.

Without Enunwa, the Jets are down two of their top four pass receivers. Tight end Chris Herndon still has three games remaining on a suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

The Jets have Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Thomas, who is reunited with Gase, the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator when Thomas enjoyed his best seasons.

“He’s not 24 anymore; I’m not stupid in that aspect,” Gase said of Thomas, 31, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon last December. “I understand there’s an aging process here, but he’s a big man who can run really well for a guy his size.”

In other injury developments, Gase expressed optimism that linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (ankle) will play Monday night. Quarterback Sam Darnold was sent home with strep throat, but he is expected to play.

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