Jets WR Quincy Enunwa Still Hoping To Resume NFL Career, Despite Neck Injury


Jets WR Quincy Enunwa tells Rich Cimini of ESPN that he’s still holding out hope of resume his NFL career, despite the career-threatening neck injury he’s dealt with the past few years. 

“If I’m capable of playing, then that’s what I’ll do,” Enunwa said. “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.

“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.

Enunwa missed the 2017 season due to a neck injury that required surgery. He returned the following year only re-injure his neck in the season opener last season.

“There’s really no one to blame,” he said. “It’s one of those things. If I could’ve had a crystal ball and told myself … this was going to happen, I probably would’ve done it the same way. There’s nothing really I regret or I’m upset with anybody about.

“I think everybody tried to handle it the best way that we could. There’s no way to have prevented this other than not play football, and I don’t know if I would’ve been as happy if I made that choice.

Enunwa stressed that he believes he can still play, despite all the time he’s missed. 

“The passion I played with, that’s never left,” Enunwasaid. “I think if everything goes the way I hope it goes, it’s still going to be there for me. My physical ability has not left. I’ve just been kind of like slowed down, hampered, you know? I’m doing my best to work around those limitations that I have. Again, that passion is not gone.”

Enunwa, 27, is a former sixth-round pick of the Jets back in 2014. He played out the final year of his three-year, $1.995 million and made a base salary of $615,000 for the 2017 season before returning to the Jets on a one-year restricted deal worth $2.914 million.

The Jets re-signed Enunwa to a four-year, $36 million deal which included $20 million guaranteed last year. He’s been paid $6 million this offseason and is owed $4.1 million in injury guaranteed for the 2021 season.

In 2019, Enunwa appeared in one game for the Jets and caught one pass for -4 yards receiving.


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