For banged-up Jets, ‘who­ever’s got a pulse’ is up next

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Den­nisWaszak Jr.

FLORHAM PARK » Wanted: Healthy bod­ies who can catch a pass.

Or throw a block. Or last an en­tire game.

That’s the state of things with the Jets right now, and it seems to get worse by the day.

A day af­ter ac­knowl­edg­ing that wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man likely won’t play in ei­ther of the next two games be­cause of an an­kle in­jury, coach Adam Gase said Thurs­day it ap­pears Jami­son Crow­der won’t be ready to go at In­di­anapo­lis on Sun­day.

“You can com­mon sense it if you want,” Gase said. “I’m just not go­ing to close the door on him if, for some rea­son, he feels like he’s feel­ing a lot bet­ter in the next few days. But, I mean, I’d say it’s doubt­ful.”

Mean­while, sec­ond-round pick Den­zelMims (ham­string) is still on in­jured re­serve, as areVyncint Smith (core mus­cle) and Jeff Smith (knee). Oh, and Chris Ho­gan (rib) was ex­pected to be limited at prac­tice for the sec­ond straight day.

That leaves Brax­ton Ber­rios and Josh Malone as the team’s only fully healthy wide re­ceivers. Un­drafted rookie Lawrence Cager is an op­tion to be el­e­vated from the prac­tice squad af­ter flash­ing at times in train­ing camp.

“His de­vel­op­ment is go­ing to have to quicken up, I guess,” Gase said of Cager. “I mean, we’re down to who­ever’s avail­able, who­ever’s got a pulse right now, we’re ready to go.”

The Jets also have D.J. Mont­gomery and Jaleel Scott on the prac­tice squad.

Maybe Hines Ward, the team’s wide re­ceivers coach who hasn’t played since 2011, still has a catch or two in him.

But wait, there’s more. Start­ing right tackle Ge­orge Fant suf­fered a con­cus­sion when he col­lided with a team­mate in prac­tice Wed­nes­day — coin­ci­den­tally af­ter de­fen­sive play­ers sug­gested that

the team’s prepa­ra­tion dur­ing the first two weeks was too slow — and might not be cleared in time to play the Colts. Chuma Edoga would start in his place if Fant can’t go.

Cen­ter Con­nor McGovern has a strained groin, which oc­curred dur­ing the loss to San Fran­cisco. Hewas sit­ting out a sec­ond straight day, and would be re­placed by Josh An­drews if he can’t play at Indy.

“He’s a vet­eran player and he can get a lot of work done just with his eyes and be able to ap­ply it with­out ac­tu­ally go­ing through a lot of prac­tice reps,” Gase said of McGovern. “So, re­ally tome, it’s about his­move­ment skills, where’s he at on that. He might have to be an emer­gency guy. We’ve just got to kind of see howthis all plays out.”

The list goes on: cor­ner­back Quin­cyWil­son has a con­cus­sion and rookie safety Ashtyn Davis (groin) weren’t prac­tic­ing. Run­ning back Kalen Bal­lage (rib), left tackle Mekhi Bec­ton (shoul­der), run­ning back La’Mi­cal Per­ine (an­kle) and cor­ner­back Nate Hairston (hip) were all ex­pected

to be limited. Star run­ning backLe’VeonBell re­mains on­in­jured re­serve with a ham­string in­jury.

“If I would look at it as we’re the only team go­ing through this, it’d be one thing, but when you look around the league you’re see­ing guys go­ing down left and right, whether it be in prac­tice or games,” Gase said.

“And we’re hav­ing soft tis­sue things hap­pen to us. It seems like some other guys have gone through like ma­jor, sea­son-end­ing type in­juries. You’re just hop­ing that this is one of those things of we’re ei­ther not hard­ened up enough, just be­cause we’ve played two games and didn’t have a pre­sea­son. Maybe that’s part of the rea­son why, I’m not re­ally sure.”

Gase said the train­ing staff is gath­er­ing all the in­for­ma­tion it can to fo­cus on pre­vent­ing fu­ture soft tis­sue in­juries.

“Right now, it just seems like we’re hav­ing one ev­ery week or we’re hav­ing a cou­ple in a game,” Gase said. “So, we’re go­ing to keep work­ing to try to find the an­swer to it.”


Jets run­ning back Frank Gore is tack­led by a host of 49ers play­ers dur­ing last week’s game.

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