FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The New York Jets might be without their only proven wide receiver on Sunday, when they face one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Jamison Crowder injured his hamstring during Wednesday's practice and didn't practice Thursday. Jets coach Adam Gase said Crowder will be evaluated further, leaving his status in doubt for Sunday's home-opener against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium.
"Just running, (he) just kind of pulled up," Gase said. "We've just got to see how bad it is."
If Crowder can't play Sunday, it will be very bad for a Jets' offense which is already struggling and missing a key weapon in running back Le'Veon Bell, who is on injured reserve until at least Week 5 after suffering a hamstring injury Sunday. The Jets had only 254 total yards in Sunday's loss to the Bills. Crowder accounted for 115 yards on six catches, including a 69-yard touchdown reception.
Gase said Crowder's injury likely won't be serious enough to land him on injured reserve. But was less revealing about his chances to play Sunday.
"Obviously, if he's missing practice (Thursday), we need to make sure that he's good before we put him out there," Gase said. "We've got to see how it goes. We're still evaluating him. If we can get him back out there (for practice) that's a good sign. We'll just kind of see how the rest of the week plays out."
The injuries to Bell and Crowder are a huge hit for a Jets' offense which is already without wide receiver Denzel Mims, a second-round pick who was expected to contribute as a rookie but will also be out until at least Week 5 after going on injured reserve with a hamstring injury earlier this week.
It sets up a brutal situation for quarterback Sam Darnold, who is coming off one of the worst games of his career.
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) rushes against the New York Giants. The Jets face the Giants in the first preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, August 8, 2019, in East Rutherford.
Darnold's primary weapons for the matchup, if Crowder can't play: receivers Breshad Perriman (three catches for 17 yards at Buffalo), Chris Hogan (one catch, zero yards), Braxton Berrios (didn't play an offensive snap), tight end Chris Herndon (six catches, 37 yards), and running backs Frank Gore (six carries, 24 yards), Josh Adams (two carries, eight yards and a touchdown) and Kalen Ballage (signed by the team on Tuesday).