INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 22: Denzel Mims #11 of the New York Jets walks off the field after the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Inglewood, California.
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New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims may miss the Seattle Seahawks game due to a personal issue and COVID-19 protocols.

Robby Sabo

New York Jets rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims will not practice Wednesday. Head coach Adam Gase called the absence a “personal issue.”

“He’s dealing with a personal issue,” Gase said about his rookie wideout. “So, that’s as far as I can really talk about that right now.”


Mims, PFF’s third-highest-graded rookie wide receiver (76.2), is coming off a two-reception, 40-yard performance against the Las Vegas Raiders that featured his first career points (2-point conversion). Although he played well in the devastating defeat, fellow rookie Henry Ruggs III finished as the hero.

It sounds like Mims’s personal issue alone wouldn’t be enough to keep him out of the Jets’ game against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Instead, it’ll be the COVID-19 protocols that make things tricky.

“I was saying that he’s possibly going to be out of the protocol here,” Gase added. “We’ll see how today goes, but there’s a possibility that that could throw him out of the game.”

Mims’s current absence will force him to test upon his return. All players must go through rigorous testing in order to enter or re-enter the building. With Mims currently in his home state of Texas—dealing with a family emergency—his window is rapidly closing to be cleared in time for Sunday. Not only are the number of tests important, but passing multiple tests over separate days is what’s required to rejoin the team.

Mims has hauled in 19 receptions for 324 yards in six games this season.

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Elsewhere, the Jets are pretty banged up. Ashtyn Davis (foot), Bennett Jackson (hamstring), Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) and Greg Van Roten (toe) will also miss Wednesday’s indoor session. Davis, Jackson and Van Roten are all in danger of missing the rest of the season, according to the head coach.

George Fant, Frank Gore, Marcus Maye, Connor McGovern, Pat Elflein and Breshad Perriman will practice on a limited basis.

Cornerback Bless Austin and tight end Trevon Wesco have been designated to return from the IR.

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Hope Mims is okay… But Bless Austin we missed you playing 10 yards off the defender where have you been guy? Wesco? I forgot he was on the team since that 4th down failed TE Dive play lol