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New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder set to miss season opener

Though there was speculation, Crowder's absence has now been officially confirmed

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New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder set to miss season opener
Mark J. Rebilas Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder is set to miss the season opener away to Carolina on Sunday as he recovers from covid-19.

A big loss

Crowder was placed on the COVID-19 list last Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus. The leader in receptions for the Jets over the last seasons, his absence will be a blow. Though there the Jet's player was vaccinated he is said to be working through symptoms. According to NFL protocols, vaccinated players are allowed to return to the team if they have two negative tests 24 hours apart.

A headache for Saleh

Head coach Robert Saleh, who officially ruled Crowder out on Friday for the game against the Carolina Panthers, finds himself in a difficult position. Fellow wide receiver Keelan Cole is alsoa doubt having picked up a knee injury in training on Thursday which subsequently forced him to miss training on Friday.“It's going to go down to the wire,” Saleh said of his hope for Cole's availability.

Saleh's wowrries don't end there as Safety Sharrod Neasman was also sidelined after failing to recover from a hamstring injury. There are also questions surrounding Running back La'Mical Perineafter he injured his foot.