Pro Bowl defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will begin his offseason in the operating room.
The New York Jets' star will have surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured right fibula (lower leg), he announced on Twitter. Neither Wilkerson nor the Jets have released a timetable for his recovery, but experts say it could take anywhere from three to six months before he's 100 percent. It will be closer to the six-month time frame if there's ligament damage in his ankle.
In either case, Wilkerson should be ready for training camp in July. First, the Jets must address his contract situation. The five-year veteran is a pending free agent and would be one of the most coveted players on the open market, but he's not expected to make it there. The Jets almost certainly will use the franchise tag if they can't sign him to a long-term contract.
Wilkerson's season ended in the third quarter of the final game, when his right leg was bent awkwardly in a pile-up. He finished the year with a team-high 12 sacks, a career high.
On Wednesday, Wilkerson tweeted a message to his followers:
Well I didn't expect the season to end so soon and start the new year with a injury but it's part (cont) https://t.co/x14LFtXGUy— Muhammad Wilkerson (@mowilkerson) January 6, 2016