Brandon Shell underwent knee surgery Thursday, but his prognosis appears to be more promising than it originally seemed.
The Jets expect the right tackle to be able to participate in their offseason workout program, if all goes according to plan. The recovery from surgery is expected to be about six weeks if he responds well.
Coach Todd Bowles said the exact injury was too complicated for him to describe, but said it did not involve damage to Shell’s ACL, MCL or PCL.
“The nature of the injury is probably too much and too smart for me to explain,” Bowles said. “I wasn’t a medical major and I can’t explain what they explained to me. I’m not being smart, I just cannot … the terms they gave me, I can’t stand up here and be as intelligent as they repeated to me to even spit it back to you.”
Shell was carted off the field in the third quarter Saturday against the Texans after getting his leg rolled up on. Brent Qvale replaced him at right tackle
Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will sit out his second straight game Sunday because of an ankle injury, Bowles said.
After missing all of last season because of a neck injury, Enunwa has been sidelined for three games this year because of sprains to both ankles. The pending free agent — tied for first on the team with 38 receptions for 449 yards and a touchdown — said he is doing whatever he can do get back for the season finale.
“It’s unfortunate but I think the silver lining for me is all my injuries have been from contact … whereas there’s other guys who can run and break a foot or make a cut and tear an ACL,” Enunwa said. “Me, it’s literally just from playing tough.”
The Jets announced their players, coaches and ownership are committing $800,000 to five non-profit social-justice organizations aimed at fighting social inequality and reducing barriers to opportunity.
“I am extremely proud of our team for their commitment to empowering our communities through their donations and participation in outreach programs,” Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said in a statement.
While it was a collective effort within the organization to make this donation possible, the players desire to make a difference fueled this endeavor. We are excited to help position these five organizations to continue their work in our communities.”
Special teams coach Brant Boyer gushed with pride over two of his players — kicker Jason Myers and kick returner Andre Roberts — making the Pro Bowl.
“I was proud as hell of those guys,” Boyer said. “There’s no bigger honor in this game, other than having a gold jacket on, than to have your peers vote you for the Pro Bowl.
“Every kid should see where they came from. … They took the hard route.”
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder) did not practice. DB Darryl Roberts (toe) returned on a limited basis and LB Jordan Jenkins (ankle) was also limited.