Wednesday’s roundup: Jets receiver Decker out for year
New York — The struggling Jets offense will be without one of its biggest playmakers for the remainder of the season.
Wide receiver Eric Decker was placed on injured reserve Wednesday afternoon with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, and will have season-ending surgery.
Decker was inactive the past two weeks after initially being injured at Buffalo in Week 2 and the shoulder worsening at Kansas City the following week.
Last week, coach Todd Bowles said it was still “too early to tell” whether Decker would be placed on injured reserve, which would mean he would have to sit out at least eight weeks.
The wide receiver, whose status was called by team officials “week-to-week” with the injury, said last Thursday his mindset was that “I want to get back on the field, yes,” but was uncertain as to whether that would be possible this season.
Decker had nine catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns in three games. He had 80 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 scores.
He Decker signed as a free agent with the Jets in 2014 after four seasons with the Broncos, and has been one of the NFL’s most-productive receivers during that time with 163 receptions for 2,183 yards.
The Jets, who have scored a total of seven points in the second half in the past three games since a 37-31 road victory over the Bills in Week 2 in which New York put up 17 points after halftime.
Quincy Enunwa has served in the No. 2 role since Decker was hurt, and leads the Jets with 27 catches.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton returned to practice and took reps with the first-team offense after missing Monday night’s game against the Buccaneers with a concussion.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera has not said if he expects Newton to play Sunday against the Saints.
... 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ageed to a revised contract, team officials confirmed. The deal eliminates the remaining four seasons on his original contract, which would have guaranteed his $14.5 million salary next year if he got hurt, and it essentially turns it into a one-year deal with a player option for 2017, according to ESPN; the 49ers cannot place the franchise tag on him.
... Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul missed Wednesday's practice with a groin injury. It's too soon to say whether this will rule him out for Sunday's game against the Ravens,
... Washington tight end Jordan Reed is being evaluated for a concussion.
... Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston has been cleared to resume football activity for the first time since having surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee in February.
The NFL has moved the Packers-Falcons game to 4:25 p.m. Oct. 30.
Through its flexible scheduling option, league officials moved the game from a 1 p.m. kickoff to the late afternoon.
The NFC Championship game rematch of the Cardinals at Panthers will move from a 4:25 p.m. kickoff to 1 p.m.
... Bills running back LeSean McCoy said he is inviting 15-20 Buffalo police officers to an upcoming game.
McCoy’s gesture comes after he was involved in a fight with off-duty police officers at a Philadelphia nightclub in February. No charges were issued.
“You guys know about the cops, the situation I had,” McCoy said. “For me to say that, that’s genuine.”