Jerricho Cotchery had herniated disk

Updated: March 24, 2011, 9:26 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

It was an out-of-character season for the sure-handed Jerricho Cotchery, who dropped a team-high eight passes -- and now we know why.

Unbeknownst to the public, the New York Jets' veteran wide receiver played with a painful herniated disk throughout the season and underwent back surgery Feb. 3, Cotchery told ESPNNewYork.com Wednesday.

The procedure was a microdiscectomy. Cotchery said doctors "shaved off" the piece of the disc that was pressing against a nerve. He said the condition ...

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