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Jerricho Cotchery undergoes back surgery

Jerricho Cotchery AP

The author of the most badass play of the 2010 season looks even more badass after some news that broke Wednesday.

Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery told Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com he underwent back surgery on February 3 after playing with a herniated disk throughout last season.   He said the condition worsened as the year went on, especially in October.

Often the forgotten man in New York, Cotchery figures to become a starter again next year after Santonio Holmes and/or Braylon Edwards leaves town.  In the meantime, he’s stuck having to rehab a serious injury away from the team facility.

“That’s the toughest thing, not being around the people that know my body the best,” Cotchery said. “I can’t even talk to [the Jets’ trainers], that’s the crazy part about it. I like the place I go to, but everything I need is in the Jets’ facility.”

Cotchery says he’s still confident he will be ready for training camp despite the injury.

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4 Responses to “Jerricho Cotchery undergoes back surgery”
  1. btowngetsdown says: Mar 23, 2011 5:26 PM

    It is ridiculous that locked out players can’t still be treated by their usual doctors. I’ve never heard that before, it’s quite concerning.

    As for Cotchery, I was pretty pumped that when Rex Ryan was asked a question about how nice it is to have two number 1 receivers on the tema, Rex interrupted the question and said three number 1 receivers. Cotchery is classy and very legit and I look forward to having him back healthy next year.

  2. nfl52 says: Mar 23, 2011 5:27 PM

    his slave owner must have caught him trying to escape and whipped him.

  3. elmoron says: Mar 23, 2011 10:44 PM

    Just one of many badass plays from one badass dude.

  4. rajbais says: Mar 23, 2011 11:48 PM

    Cotchery had his moments during playoffs and you have to be happy for him!!!

    But a back injury is difficult to recover from. I don’t think he’ll be the same again.

    I actually do believe that Terrell Owens in the $4.5-5 million range will replace either the eventually departed Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes, but the delay of free agency and the commencement of the NFL year have been unfortunate obstacles like Cotchery’s back injury.

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