NY Jets injury report: Elijah Moore expected to return this week

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The NY Jets should see the return of one of their most promising young offensive stars in Week 5 with wide receiver Elijah Moore returning to practice on Wednesday.

Moore sat out of the team's Week 4 victory over the Tennessee Titans after suffering a concussion the week prior. The rookie second-round pick was limited in practice on Wednesday and head coach Robert Saleh insisted that the team expects him to play this week.

Elsewhere on the Jets injury report, safety Adrian Colbert (concussion), cornerback Brandin Echols (concussion), wide receiver Jeff Smith (concussion), wide receiver Denzel Mims (illness), tight end Tyler Kroft (back), and defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd (knee) all sat out with injuries.

It's unclear how many of them will be able to play in the Jets' Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons, although Saleh did sound optimistic about Echols' chances.

Keep an eye on each of their statuses as the week goes on.

The NY Jets should see the return of Elijah Moore in Week 5

A second-round pick in this year's draft, Moore started the first three weeks of the season with the Jets producing modest results. After missing most of the summer with a quad injury, it's clear that Moore is still finding his footing in the Jets' offense.

The big-play potential is evident and Moore has been inches away from greatness on a number of occasions. It seems almost inevitable that he breaks out in the near future — perhaps it will come as soon as this Sunday.

It will be interesting to see how many snaps Moore gets given that he'll now be competing with Jamison Crowder for reps. On top of that, Keelan Cole stepped into a starting role in Week 4 and played very well finishing with three catches for 92 yards.

Moore will compete with Crowder and Cole for snaps while his return might push Denzel Mims to the bench again. Mims was active in Week 4 but was a relative non-factor playing just 10 snaps and finishing with zero targets.

Saleh didn't give a straight answer on Mims' status for Week 5, and it probably doesn't help matters that the former second-round pick missed Wednesday's practice with a non-COVID illness.

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The Jets will be happy to welcome back Elijah Moore this Sunday, barring any setbacks. But the return of one second-round wide receiver will likely result in another one being inactive.