The NY Jets were without their top two wide receivers, Elijah Moore and Corey Davis, this past Sunday with both players on the injured reserve. Now, it seems as though they will be without yet another top receiver.
Jamison Crowder did not practice this week while nursing a calf injury. Head coach Robert Saleh spoke to reporters from the comfort of his own home on Friday and revealed that Crowder would be a game-time decision.
But seeing as though he was unable to practice at all this week, it sure seems unlikely that he will be able to play. That notion was confirmed when the Jets listed Crowder as doubtful for Week 16.
If Crowder is forced to miss this week's game, the Jets will be down each of their three starting wide receivers further decimating a roster that is in shambles following injuries and a recent COVID-19 outbreak.
The NY Jets wide receiver depth chart is ultra thin heading into Week 16
The Jets were forced to start Keelan Cole and Denzel Mims at wide receiver this past Sunday with Moore and Davis out. Now, with Crowder likely sidelined, it's Braxton Berrios who's in line to start in the slot.
The only other healthy wide receiver on the active roster is Jeff Smith who was activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. Smith has just six catches for 98 yards this season, but that's not far off from Mims who has eight catches for 133 yards in nine games (three starts).
The Jets also have Vyncint Smith and D.J. Montgomery on the practice squad who have each played this season. Tarik Black and Isaiah Zuber are also on the practice squad, but it's unlikely the Jets elevate them ahead of Smith and Montgomery.
The Jets will also likely also be without both of their starting guards with Alijah Vera-Tucker and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on the COVID-19 list. Dan Feeney and Greg Van Roten are expected to start in their place.
Zach Wilson and the Jets offense might be in for a long day on Sunday.