New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder has tested positive for COVID-19
In 2020 we saw how quickly COVID-19 can affect the ebbs and flows of the NFL season. One year later, the virus looks like it may rear its ugly head once again as numerous players and staff members throughout the NFL have tested positive or been affected by the virus.
We can now add a member of the New York Jets to that list – wide receiver Jamison Crowder.
Per Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Crowder tested positive on Sept. 9. At the moment it is believed to be an isolated incident that hasn’t affected teammates or members of the staff.
#Jets WR Jamison Crowder tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell @RapSheet and me.
It’s believed this is an isolated case. But Crowder is going on the COVID list and his status is now up in the air for the Week 1 opener against the #Panthers.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 3, 2021
With nine days before the Jets open the season against the Carolina Panthers, the chances of Crowder suiting up appear to be slim. If his case is more than the mild experience most players have faced, this could only be a one-week ordeal. However, if complications arise then a timetable to return may be more prolonged.
The loss of Crowder could leave more reps in the slot for rookie wideout Elijah Moore. It’s unknown who the Jets plan to start at wide receiver beyond Corey Davis, but Crowder and Moore are two of the top candidates. Moore himself is coming back from missed time, sitting out all three preseason games due to a quad injury. He has returned to practice in full.
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Crowder surprised many this offseason when he agreed to take a fifty percent pay cut to stay with the Jets for this season. That pay cut dropped his base salary from $10 million to $5 million, though Crowder was able to increase his guaranteed salary to $4.5 million.
The Jets will be hoping that Crowder’s setback is only temporary and there are no major health concerns going forward. They are preparing to take on the Carolina Panthers next Sunday, Sept. 12, in their 2021 regular season opener.