Quincy Enunwa

New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa makes a catch in practice. He'll miss the 2017 season with a neck injury.

Quincy Enunwa had a very good 2016 season.

This season figured to be even better for him -- until Saturday night.

That's when the former Nebraska receiver, projected as the New York Jets' top wideout in 2017, suffered a neck injury during practice. According to the Associated Press, Enunwa will be placed on injured reserve with a bulging disk that will likely require surgery, with a recovery time of six to nine months.

However, Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters Monday that Enunwa will seek a second opinion, and the injury is not considered career-threatening.

''They said it wasn't, but going forward, we'll see,'' Bowles said. ''They said he should come out OK.''

With Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker cut during the offseason, it appeared Enunwa would be given the opportunity to lead an inexperienced receiving corps. He has 80 career catches for 1,172 yards and four touchdowns over two seasons.

''He was a big part of it,'' Bowles said of Enunwa's role on offense. ''Our young guys are just going to have to grow up fast.''

A native of Moreno Valley, California, Enunwa was drafted in the sixth round in 2014 and steadily improved to become a key part of the Jets' passing game. Last year, he finished tied for second on the team with 58 receptions and led the way with 857 yards receiving and four touchdown catches.

One of four team captains for Nebraska in 2013, Enunwa caught 51 passes for a team-high 753 yards and a school-record 12 touchdowns. Enunwa closed his season with two touchdown receptions in the Gator Bowl victory over Georgia, including a school-record 99-yard touchdown reception from Tommy Armstrong

Enunwa's 12 touchdown receptions bettered the previous school record of 11 by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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