NY Jets: Jamison Crowder tests positive for COVID-19, could miss Week 1

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The NY Jets could be without wide receiver Jamison Crowder for their first game of the 2021 season after the veteran slot receiver reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

As reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Crowder's status for Week 1 is currently up in the air following his positive test. Fortunately, Pelissero indicated that this is believed to be an isolated case.

It's unknown when this positive test came in, and that could have a direct impact on whether or not Crowder plays next week.

Unvaccinated players require a 10-day isolation period before they are permitted to return. However, vaccinated players can return if they are asymptomatic and have tested negative twice, 24 hours apart.

Crowder's vaccination status is unknown, but assuming the positive test came in today, one could assume that he is, as the regular-season opener is in nine games which would be prior to the required isolation period for unvaccinated players was up.

All of this does remain unknown, however.

The NY Jets could be without Jamison Crowder next Sunday

This is the first Jets player to reportedly test positive for COVID-19 since offensive tackle George Fant landed on the COVID list earlier in the summer. Fant returned within the 10-day period and is in competition for the starting right tackle job.

If Crowder is forced to miss this week's game, the Jets will likely turn to players like Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios to fill his role in the slot.

At the moment, Crowder is projected as the starting slot receiver, although if the summer was any indication of how the Jets will use their receivers, we might see more of a committee approach.

The only player with a defined role seems to be Corey Davis who's penciled in as the No. 1 receiver. Crowder, Moore, Keelan Cole, Denzel Mims, Berrios, and Jeff Smith will all compete for reps at the position.

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The Jets will be hoping to see Crowder return healthy as soon as possible. We at The Jet Press wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him on the field come Week 1.