New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa suffered a neck injury in the first of quarter of his team's Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills this past season and ended up missing the rest of 2019.
It was hardly the first time that Enunwa had a neck injury, which has his NFL future on shaky ground.
The Jets have already announced that he will miss all of 2020, but Enunwa still wants to play football again, saying to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com,
“If I'm capable of playing, then that's what I'll do … If it comes down to the fact that the doctors say I can't, there's not much I can do. There's really nothing I can do there, but if I have the ability to [play], the passion will always be there, the want-to will always be there.”
Enunwa, who played his collegiate football at the University of Nebraska, was originally selected by New York in the sixth round (209th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He barely played during his rookie campaign, but the following year, Enunwa logged 22 catches for 315 yards. Then, in 2016, the 27-year-old had a breakout year of sorts for the Jets, hauling in 58 receptions for 857 yards and four touchdowns.
But, in August 2017, Enunwa sustained his first neck injury and missed all of that ensuing campaign. Since then, he has played in a grand total of 12 Jets games. He's hoping for more:
“I think, aside from obviously my neck, the physical ability will always be there … It's really just about me going for the ride, I guess, because I'm not in control of that part anymore.”
Hopefully, Enunwa is able to get healthy and return to the field.