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The story behind neck injury of Quincy Enunwa

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22: Quincy Enunwa #81 of the New York Jets runs after the catch and challenges Andre Hal #29 of the Houston Texans in the second quarter on November 22, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22: Quincy Enunwa #81 of the New York Jets runs after the catch and challenges Andre Hal #29 of the Houston Texans in the second quarter on November 22, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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It wasn’t just a neck injury last year for wide receiver Quincy Enunwa of the New York Jets. It’s been a long period of time that resulted in some much-needed surgery.

While Quincy Enunwa’s neck injury didn’t reach its breaking point until August of last year, the build-up had been going on for almost two years. A seemingly harmless neck pain began during a Week 14 game between the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans Enunwa paid no mind to at first.

The general public was led to believe the injury that cost one of the team’s best receivers the entire 2017 season was a spontaneous one, but the truth has now come out that Enunwa suffered for a long period of time before he chose to go under the knife. The concern for his physical well being and career initially flashed before his eyes. The good news is, his doctors assured him that his long-term health would be just fine and with patience, he would eventually be back on the football field.

While the probability of the neck spasms reoccurring is unlikely, Enunwa is now aware of the severity that the initial pain can lead to and will surely not wait 20 months for it to get worse before turns for medical help. Enunwa’s surgery surprisingly enough did not require any outside rehab or physical therapy. The healing process simply involved plenty of rest which for Enunwa probably meant catching up on plenty of his favorite Netflix shows.

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Enunwa was a big part of the Jets offense in 2016 catching 56 passes for 857 yards and four touchdowns. After his breakout year, the Jets made him their No. 1 receiver heading into last season before his injury spoiled the plan.

With some quality receivers in the fold for the upcoming season in Robby Anderson, Terrelle Pryor, and Jermaine Kearse, there’s a good chance Enunwa starts the season as the fourth man on the depth chart.

This may not be such a bad thing as it could take some of the pressure off the 26-year-old and allow him to work his way back at his own pace. One of the qualities that make Enunwa so valuable and unique is his ability to play a hybrid role as both a receiver and tight end.

While he doesn’t possess the blocking skills that most tight ends have, Enunwa has the size and speed to match up against most linebackers and safeties and beat them down the field or over the middle. Enunwa may not make an immediate impact right away on the field, but his presence In the locker room will be a difference maker from the start, which is why the Jets are happy to have No. 81 back in the fold.

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