New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery thinks he’ll be able to run in three to four weeks and will be prepared for training camp after undergoing surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back Feb. 3. Specifically, Cotchery underwent a microdiscectomy. Cotchery told ESPNNewYork.com that doctors “shaved off” the piece of the disc that was pressing against a nerve, causing shooting pain down his leg and into his foot. Cotchery had been feeling the effects of this injury since last year, but he decided to hold off on surgery. Unfortunately for him, the ailment didn’t heal with rehab and exercise.
“It wasn’t a good feeling,” Cotchery said. “It was pretty painful. I wouldn’t want any football player to have to go through that.”
Cotchery finished with the most recent regular season with 41 receptions for 433 yards and two touchdowns. FANTASY ANALYSIS: The back injury is being cited as the culprit for Cotchery’s many drops in 2010.
Cotchery’s role on the Jets next season will be determined by what the team is able to do with their free-agent wide receivers, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith. General manager Mike Tannenbaum has said he wants to re-sign all three, but his hands are tied without a collective bargaining agreement in place. I don’t think Jets will re-sign both Edwards and Holmes, which means Cotchery will probably see more time in the starting lineup. But the increased role doesn’t cover the fact that he’s a possession receiver in a run-first, run-second offense. He’s a WR3 in 12-team leagues at best.