New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse will likely miss the Week 1 season opener against the Detroit Lions due to an abdominal injury.
The wide receiver corps of the New York Jets might look different in the Week 1 season opener on Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions. As per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has an abdominal injury that has him listed as day-to-day/week-to-week.
Kearse was unable to play in the final two preseason games of the Jets due to having a medical procedure done to begin the healing process of this type of injury. It’s also unclear if wide receiver Robby Anderson will be suspended or not by the NFL for his off-the-field distractions of the year and if that happens, the Jets might be without two of their top wide receivers to begin the season.
Only Quincy Enunwa and Terrelle Pryor, both players coming off severe injuries last season, are ready to begin the year on a good note. Quarterback Sam Darnold, not confirmed yet by the Jets but pretty obvious based on training camp and preseason action, will likely get the start under center and could potentially not have his full wide receiver corps in his arsenal.
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Even though Kearse isn’t a true No. 1 receiving option, he brings a lot of experience, clutch plays, and consistency from the positional group. There is no telling how much time Kearse could miss with this injury but his presence will undoubtedly be missed in the season opener.
The Jets will likely bring in other wide receivers for tryouts over the next few days with hopes of signing one temporarily to potentially fill in the gaps heading into Week 1. Hopefully, the Jets made the right decisions in regards to all their preseason cuts, especially at wide receiver to get down to their final 53-man roster.
Otherwise, things might get off to a shaky start in the season opener when it comes to their wide receiver corps and the ability for other players to step up and get the job done. It won’t be easy, especially under the bright primetime national lights.