Another one of the Jets’ high-priced offseason signings is done for the year.
Wide receiver Corey Davis will undergo season-ending, core-muscle surgery on Tuesday. Davis signed a three-year, $37.5 million contract with the Jets in March. He has battled hip and groin injuries this season. He returned to the lineup for Sunday’s loss to the Eagles after missing last week’s game against the Texans due to the groin injury. Davis had two catches for 15 yards in the game but looked like the groin was bothering him.
In the fourth quarter, after stretching to attempt to catch a pass, Davis remained on the ground on the sideline for a bit and then got up limping. He did not return to the game.
“I feel awful for Corey,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “He’s one of the true pros in this league. He goes about his business the right way. He shows up every day to work. He does everything. For his season to be cut short, I know he’s hurting. At the same time, we’ll get him back next year and he’ll be better than ever.”
Davis finished his first season with the Jets with 34 catches for 492 yards and four touchdowns in nine games.
The Jets signed Davis in free agency to bolster their offense. Davis spent his first four seasons with the Titans. The Jets have had bad injury luck with their big signings. Defensive end Carl Lawson, who signed a three-year, $45 million deal, has missed the entire season after tearing an Achilles tendon in August.
Saleh said the Jets have confidence in the players who will fill in for Davis. Keelan Cole, who missed Sunday’s game on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and Denzel Mims are the two primary players who back up Davis.
“We love our receiving group with Elijah Moore, Mims is back in the fold and obviously Berrios and Crowder and Keelan Cole, hopefully we get him back this week off of COVID,” Saleh said. “Then, you have Jeff Smith. There are a lot of pieces there. I feel really good about that receiver group. Not one person has to step up. They just have to continue to do their job and run the offense the way it needs to be run and make something happen when the ball hits them in the hands.”