The Jets released their final injury report of the week heading into the season opener at Buffalo.
Rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims‘ NFL debut will be delayed. Mims had returned from a hamstring injury that kept him out for most of training camp, but now he’s injured the other one. Adam Gase did not rule out an IR stint for Mims.
Joe Flacco (neck) will miss the game as expected, while linebacker Avery Williamson (hamstring) and rookie running back La’Mical Perine (ankle) will also miss the game. Neville Hewitt and Blake Cashman are the only healthy linebackers on the active roster (Harvey Langi may be able to play there in a pinch) while Le’Veon Bell and Frank Gore are the only healthy running backs.
Marcus Maye‘s status appeared to be in doubt after he missed Thursday’s practice, but he came back for limited action on Friday and is listed as questionable. Alex Lewis should be good to start at left guard after fully participating in Friday’s practice.
The Jets are razor-thin at wide receiver (4 healthy actives), running back (2), and linebacker (2). They still have one active roster spot open and may also promote two players from their practice squad each week. Lawrence Cager (WR), Alec Ogletree (LB), and Josh Adams (RB) are viable options to fill those three spots, but the Jets also may want to promote Mike White or David Fales to handle the backup quarterback role over the raw James Morgan.
Four needy positions, three open spots.
There still a handful of crucial decisions for Joe Douglas and company to make before the Jets take the field in Western New York on Sunday afternoon.
On the Buffalo side, cornerback Josh Norman is the only Bill set to miss the game. That’s a shame for the Jets, as Norman allowed more touchdowns into his coverage (16) than any player in football from 2018-19.
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