Muhammad Wilkerson Injury: Updates on Jets DT's Leg and Recovery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) walks the sidelines during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015  in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a broken leg Sunday in Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills and underwent surgery.

Continue for updates.

Wilkerson Undergoes Successful Surgery

Thursday, Jan. 7

Brian Costello of the New York Post reported Wilkerson is expected to make a full recovery.

Wilkerson Releases Statement Before Undergoing Surgery

Wednesday, Jan. 6

"Well I didn't expect the season to end so soon and start the new year with a injury but it's part of the game. Everybody have a great hump day while I have my surgery today thanks for all the prayers," Wilkerson announced on TwitLonger.

Wilkerson Diagnosed with Broken Leg

Sunday, Jan. 3

Bowles told reporters after the loss to the Bills that Wilkerson broke his leg. 

The defensive lineman was carted off to the locker room after he was bent back during a play in the second half.

Wilkerson Crucial Part of Jets' Defense

Wilkerson is a vital piece of the Jets defensive front. He displays tremendous versatility for a player of his size (6'4", 315 lbs). His ability to both rush the passer and stuff the run has made him perhaps the most important player on a unit that carries much of the burden in New York.

The Temple product started his career by playing in all 16 regular-season games for three straight years.

But injuries have become part of the story over the past few seasons. He missed three games last year because of a toe injury and then missed an extended stretch of camp with a hamstring issue. He's also battled a rib injury this season but didn't miss any games.

With the Jets' eliminated from postseason contention, Wilkerson will have all offseason to get healthy for another run at the playoffs.