And you thought Sam Darnold was shorthanded last week.
The Jets quarterback will now head into Sunday’s game against the Bears likely without yet another receiver, as Robby Anderson is listed as doubtful with a sprained ankle.
“We got a few guys banged up, but we got guys in here, they’ve been practicing and we expect them to play well on Sunday,” coach Todd Bowles said Friday.
Anderson did not practice all week after suffering the injury Sunday against the Vikings. The deep threat is the Jets’ leading receiver through seven weeks, with 17 catches for 314 yards and three touchdowns.
Darnold will be without his top two targeted receivers, as Quincy Enunwa remains sidelined by a high ankle sprain. Terrelle Pryor was released last week because of a groin injury – though he deemed himself “back and ready” Thursday in a video he posted to Twitter – meaning Jermaine Kearse is the only healthy wide receiver on the roster who has caught more than three passes this season.
Kearse had a frustrating day against the Vikings, getting held without a catch and only being targeted twice. The Jets’ other wide receivers will be Andre Roberts, Charone Peake, rookie Deontay Burnett and newly signed Rishard Matthews.
“They’re working hard,” Bowles said. “They’ll all get a chance to play and prove themselves.”
Bowles said he hadn’t seen the video from Pryor, but said he was not a consideration to be brought back at this time.
“We’ll revisit it after this game,” Bowles said.
Center Spencer Long (finger/knee) and CB Trumaine Johnson (quad) are also doubtful while CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder/foot), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot), safety Marcus Maye (thumb) and LT Kelvin Beachum (back) are all questionable.