The NY Jets lost their top three remaining healthy wide receivers to injuries in practice.
The NY Jets have seen their wide receiver corps absolutely decimated by injuries this summer. And on Tuesday, an already-diminished wide receiver depth chart was left somehow more hollow following practice.
The Jets entered Tuesday’s practice with seven healthy wide receivers on the roster including veteran Donte Moncrief who was already practicing despite being signed just one day earlier.
But by the end of the day, that number had dropped to a measly four after three more wide receivers suffered injuries in an unprecedented display of misfortunate.
And these weren’t just any wide receivers either. No, these were the top three receivers that remained healthy.
The likes of Jamison Crowder, Chris Hogan, and Braxton Berrios all left practice early with what is being described as “tightness.” Crowder self-diagnosed his own injury as “lower-leg tightness” but the others remain broader.
The Jets already entered the day with five receivers sidelined with injuries. Breshad Perriman and Lawrence Cager remain out with nagging knee injuries. Vyncint Smith is due to miss the first month or so of the season after undergoing surgery.
Meanwhile, Jeff Smith injured his shoulder earlier in the week and rookie second-round pick Denzel Mims has yet to participate in training camp due to a hamstring injury.
Now, you can add three more players to the growing list of injured Jets receivers that sits at a whopping eight. The Jets only have five more receivers on the roster — only four of which were active on Tuesday.
The first-team offense at the end of the day consisted of Josh Malone, Jehu Chesson, and George Campbell with Moncrief sprinkled in. Meanwhile, recent waiver-wire pickup D.J. Montgomery is still exempt while undergoing proper protocol.
To make matters worse, tight end Chris Herndon also left with a chest injury in what might be the most worrisome injury of all. The Jets need Herndon to remain healthy in 2020, especially given the barren state of their wide receivers.
The NY Jets’ injury situation is as unprecedented as they come.
It doesn’t feel real, there has to be a higher power at play. Right?
It’s unclear the extent to which each of these players is injured. The good news is that it doesn’t appear as though any of the injuries are too serious.
Crowder indicated that he should be back shortly. Herndon’s tests, meanwhile, revealed no structural damage to his chest area meaning that he should be fine.
Regardless, it’s truly unbelievable to experience the string of awful injury luck that the Jets have. Don’t be surprised to see the team making additional signings or waiver claims unless one or more of the injured receivers are able to return in the near future.
At this point, all we could say is, poor Sam Darnold.