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

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2016

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) is helped off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a fractured right fibula in the team's regular-season finale, and he's already attacking the rehabilitation process. 

Continue for updates. 

Wilkerson Posts About Rehab on Instagram

Friday, March 18

On Feb. 18, Wilkerson posted a message on Twitter confirming he is excited to take the next step after undergoing surgery in January: "Great visit with Dr. Anderson today in North Carolina. Leg responded great, starting rehab ahead of schedule. Anxious to get to work. Thanks for all the support!"

Wilkerson's timetable for recovery was pegged at six months, according to's Rich Cimini, so it stands to reason he could be back in time for the 2016 season opener. 

Wilkerson Injury Could Impact Pass-Rusher's Value

The impending free agent is coming off a career year in head coach Todd Bowles' defense, but the Jets have several pressing personnel issues to address. Beyond Wilkerson, the Jets need to determine the futures of defensive tackle Damon Harrison, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and running back Chris Ivory, among others. 

"The simple answer is yes, we'd very much like to have Muhammad back in the organization," Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said following the regular season, via Cimini. 

While Wilkerson figured to fetch a hefty sum in free agency, it would be hard to blame teams for being cautious when appraising his value this spring.

Muhammad Wilkerson's Stats by Season
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He's clearly one of the league's most talented pass-rushers, and the fact that he's entering his prime should aid his cause. But with a severe injury to his name, Wilkerson could wind up being a strong signing if his rehabilitation goes well.