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New York Jets WR Corey Davis to have season-ending core muscle surgery

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- New York Jets wide receiver and team captain Corey Davis will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury.

Davis entered Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles as questionable on the injury report because of a previous groin ailment, which sidelined him for Week 12. He attempted to play through the issue against the Eagles, but he failed to finish the game.

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"That's a fair question," Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters Monday when asked whether Davis should have rested another week. "He was cleared. [He] went through a lot of different procedures to try to get that ready to roll. It's unfortunate. It just finally gave out on him."

The Jets signed Davis to a three-year, $37.5 million contract in free agency to be their No. 1 receiver. He got off to a quick start in New York, catching two touchdowns from rookie quarterback Zach Wilson in the season opener, but his production waned over the ensuing weeks.

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Davis recorded only one 100-yard game and finished the season with 34 receptions for 492 yards and four touchdowns. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he had six drops -- tied for fourth in the NFL.

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The 26-year-old Davis appeared in just nine games for the Jets, having missed two with an earlier hip injury.

In Davis' absence, rookie wideout Elijah Moore -- who has turned into the team's top pass-catcher in recent weeks -- is expected to see an increase in targets. Keelan Cole, who is set to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list this week, likely will replace Davis on the outside.

The Jets also have Denzel Mims and slot receiver Jamison Crowder on their depth chart.

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"We love our receiving group," Saleh noted.

The Jets (3-9) are scheduled to play the New Orleans Saints (5-7) on Sunday.

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