The NY Jets expect the likes of Jamison Crowder, Mekhi Becton, and others to play Thursday.
The NY Jets are reeling following yet another blowout loss, this time at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3. But there will be no rest for the weary as the team will have just a few days to prepare for their Thursday night matchup against the Denver Broncos.
Fortunately, they received an unexpected source of good news on Tuesday regarding a few injured players on the roster.
Head coach Adam Gase spoke to reporters following Tuesday’s practice and gave updates on some of the team’s injuries. Gase said the likes of wide receiver Jamison Crowder, left tackle Mekhi Becton, and right tackle George Fant were all “trending towards playing” this Thursday.
Each of the three was listed as limited in Tuesday’s practice indicating that they have a good chance to play this week.
Crowder has missed the last two games after injuring his hamstring shortly after the team’s Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Given the state of the Jets’ receiving corps, it sure would be nice to have him return.
As for Fant, the veteran offensive tackle missed Week 3 after suffering a concussion in practice the previous week. Chuma Edoga started in his place, but it looks like Fant is on track to miss just the lone game.
The most encouraging NY Jets’ injury update was the one regarding Mekhi Becton.
Certainly the most encouraging news of all, however, is the update regarding Becton. The Jets’ prized first-round pick was removed in the first half of Sunday’s game after injuring his shoulder and was shortly after declared out for the remainder of the evening.
Thankfully, the MRI revealed that the injury wasn’t as bad as first anticipated and it looks like he won’t actually miss any time. That’s amazing news given how well Becton has been playing this season.
Gase also revealed that wide receiver Jeff Smith will be returned from the injured reserve ahead of Thursday’s game. Smith was injured in training camp, but is set to make his season debut this week once again providing further depth to the wide receiver group.
Despite a short week, the Jets appear to be getting healthy at just the right time ahead of their easiest matchup of the season.
Will it be enough to score them their first win? That remains to be seen. But after weeks of negative injury news, this latest update is certainly promising.