NY Jets: Jamison Crowder seems unlikely to play in Week 3

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The NY Jets came out of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots relatively clean on the injury front. But one player who they were without going into the game was wide receiver Jamison Crowder.

Crowder missed the team's season-opener against the Carolina Panthers after testing positive for COVID-19. The hope was that, after a week off, he would be able to return in Week 2 and provide a boost to the offense.

He was activated off the COVID-19 list last week, however, a groin injury flared up and ultimately forced him to miss yet another game.

Now, just a few days out from the team's Week 3 meeting with the Denver Broncos, Crowder seems unlikely to play yet again.

The NY Jets could be without Jamison Crowder for a third straight week

Crowder was held out of practice on Wednesday and was once again seen in the rehab area the following day. With just one day before the final injury report is released for Week 3, it seems highly unlikely that Crowder suits up this Sunday.

This means that Crowder will have missed the first three weeks of the season with no clear indication of a timeframe for his return. Remember, a player can be placed on the injured reserve to save a roster spot only at the expense of them missing at least three games.

Of course, Crowder's absences have come for two different reasons, so it's hard to fault the Jets for that just yet. Groin injuries could be tricky as well.

If Crowder misses another week, expect Braxton Berrios to once again take on the role as the team's top slot receiver. Berrios is the Jets' leading receiver through two games with 12 catches on 18 targets for 124 yards — all of which are team highs.

It's unclear what Berrios' role will be once Crowder does finally return. But if he continues to impress in his teammate's absence, it might be hard to keep him off the field.

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Either way, Crowder seems likely to miss another game this week.