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Jets WR Jamison Crowder out vs. 49ers with hamstring injury

Fri Sep 18 12:24pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) gets past Buffalo Bills defensive end Darryl Johnson (92) after taking a pass from quarterback Sam Darnold and scoring during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)


NEW YORK (AP) Wide receiver Jamison Crowder has been ruled out for the New York Jets' game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers because of a hamstring injury.

Crowder's absence is a big blow to Sam Darnold and the offense, which struggled despite the receiver having seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening loss at Buffalo last Sunday.

''We'll have to make some adjustments,'' coach Adam Gase said Friday.

Crowder, who led the Jets last season with a career-high 78 catches, was listed on the team's injury report last week with a hamstring issue but practiced fully and played.

Gase said Crowder was running earlier this week and ''kind of pulled up.'' He was limited at practice Wednesday, but sat out Thursday and Friday.

New York's receiving group has been hit hard by injuries since training camp, but Gase was optimistic Crowder won't need to go on injured reserve.

''It would just be hard for me to put him out there Sunday without him practicing Thursday and Friday,'' Gase said. ''Even if he did feel better Saturday, the last thing we want to do is set him back some more. Hopefully this will be more of a short-term thing than a long-term, but obviously everybody reacts a little different.''

In Crowder's absence, Braxton Berrios is expected to take over the role as the primary slot receiver. Gase said Berrios has developed a bit of chemistry with Darnold over the past few seasons, particularly in practice.

''Crowder's been probably our best player on offense the last two years,'' Gase said. ''Berrios, his skillset fits what we do. We always try to develop a role for him throughout the week, but we've had to do it where Crowder always stays on the field because they play the same spot. I'm just glad he's here because I think it's rare to have two slots that can be starters in this league.''

The only other healthy wide receivers on the active roster are Breshad Perriman and Chris Hogan. Lawrence Cager, Josh Malone, D.J. Montgomery and Jaleel Scott are on the practice squad and candidates to be elevated for the game.

The Jets will also be without running back Le'Veon Bell, who is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Frank Gore is expected to start in Bell's place, but there's optimism that rookie La'Mical Perine could make his NFL debut.

The fourth-round draft pick out of Florida has been sidelined since Aug. 30 with an ankle injury. He has been limited at practice all week, and Gase expected him to have a similar workload Friday.

''I'm hoping we get through today and he feels good,'' Gase said. ''I'm hoping that everything keeps trending in the direction it's trending right now because I'd love to see this kid out there playing.''

Linebackers Avery Williamson (hamstring) and Tarell Basham (hip) were also expected to be limited, as will quarterback Joe Flacco (neck). Gase said Mike White will again serve as Darnold's backup.

Player Notes
Amari Cooper Sep 18 12:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) is not expected to miss any time in Week 2. Cooper was a late addition to the injury report this week, which is always concerning, but it seems he is fine and fully expected to play. Cooper is a high-upside WR1 as long as he suits up, as the Falcons Defense was annihilated by the Seahawks passing game last week. Cooper will match up with rookie defensive back A.J. Terrell.

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Chris Godwin Sep 18 12:50pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol and will be listed as doubtful for Week 2 against the Panthers. Godwin will go through more tests on Saturday, and if doctors clear him then, he will be upgraded to questionable. The good news is that Tampa's game is early on Sunday, but even then, you should be making plans to be without Godwin this weekend. Mike Evans will be a strong WR1 play with Godwin likely sidelined, while slot man Scotty Miller is also quickly rising up the PPR ranks as a flex play in deeper leagues. Both tight ends Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard become a bit more attractive as well in a good matchup against Carolina's shaky defense.

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Buffalo Bills Sep 18 12:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills linebackers Matt Milano (hamstring) and Tremaine Edmunds (shoulder) have both been ruled out for Week 2 against the Dolphins, according to head coach Sean McDermott. Both Milano and Edmunds have appeal in IDP leagues as tacklers, but you will not be able to plug them into your lineups this Sunday. However, even with Buffalo's middle of the defense at less than full strength, the Bills Defense/special teams should remain a top-five fantasy unit in Week 2 against a less-than-stellar Dolphins backfield that includes Jordan Howard, Matt Breida and Myles Gaskin.

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Tyler Boyd Sep 18 12:40pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd finished with seven catches for 72 yards and a score during the Thursday night loss to Cleveland. The 25-year-old made a noticeable improvement in this one after a miserable four-catch, 33-yard performance in Week 1 against the visiting Chargers. Though A.J. Green eclipsed Boyd for looks from rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow (13), he still made enough noise to appease the fantasy managers who had him starting. While Boyd will likely have a few more performances like the one he had against Los Angeles, he should also produce some efficient outings moving ahead.

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C.J. Uzomah Sep 18 12:40pm ET

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that tight end C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles that he suffered in the Thursday night loss to the Browns. It had the looks of a season-ending injury when he was carted off the field. Uzomah will finish 2020 with eight catches on 11 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in two games. Drew Sample should be expected to step in as the starter in Cincinnati, and although tight ends usually see more run with rookie quarterbacks, he'll be a low-end TE2 not worth chasing in the majority of leagues.

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Joe Mixon Sep 18 12:30pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon ran for 46 yards off of 16 carries during the loss to the Browns. He also added four catches for 40 yards. Mixon trended in the wrong direction on the ground after posting 69 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1. However, he did make his PPR fantasy managers a little more comfortable by providing an uptick in receptions and receiving yards. Nonetheless, opposing defenses may start paying additional attention to rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow after his three-touchdown performance on Thursday night. As a result, the door may open a little wider for the former Sooner to get some extra breathing room moving ahead, so fantasy managers should continue to give him a few more chances to turn things around before even considering benching him.

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C.J. Uzomah Sep 18 12:30pm ET

The Cincinnati Bengals fear that tight end C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) suffered a torn Achilles during the Thursday night loss to the Browns, according to a source. Uzomah had been one of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow's most effective targets in the early going through two weeks, but he was carted off the field on Thursday night. He'll undergo an MRI exam on Friday. The 27-year-old has eight catches on 11 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown through two games, but this had the looks of a season-ending injury. In a best-case scenario, Uzomah will probably be out for multiple weeks, which would make Drew Sample the team's top pass-catching tight end. If that's the case, Sample would merely be a low-end TE2 for fantasy gamers.

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Jamison Crowder Sep 18 11:40am ET

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) will miss his team's Week 2 contest against the San Francisco 49ers. This leaves the Jets really shallow at receiver, with Breshad Perriman taking on the role as the team's No. 1 option this week. Perriman becomes an intriguing flex play, though the 49ers Defense is really good and the Jets passing attack as the ability to be really inconsistent. We might also see more of Braxton Berrios, but he's not really a fantasy option outside of being a cheap punt play in DFS contests.

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Michael Thomas Sep 18 11:00am ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) "felt fantastic" at practice on Thursday and there is a "little glimmer of hope" that he can play on Monday night against the Raiders, according to a source. It's still unlikely that Thomas plays with his high ankle sprain, but the Saints were pleased with Thomas' progress even though he didn't actually practice. With the Saints playing on Monday this week, you almost have no choice but to bench the All-Pro wideout this week. The 27-year-old is making good progress, though, so there's an outside chance he could be back for Week 3. With Thomas likely out, Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should be quarterback Drew Brees' go-to targets through the air against Las Vegas.

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Joe Burrow Sep 18 10:20am ET

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow had a terrific showing against the Browns in his Thursday night debut. The rookie threw for three touchdown tosses and 316 yards on 37-for-61 passing. He also had seven attempts for 19 yards. While the first-year signal-caller had issues with ball security by fumbling twice, the Bengals' coaching staff and front office personnel were likely ecstatic with Burrow's overall performance in this one. The former Heisman trophy winner has now racked up four total scores on the year in addition to demonstrating maturity and game management well beyond his years. Fantasy managers in all formats, especially those in need of a quarterback, should take notice, as he likely has some more positive outings in the works throughout the rest of the 2020 campaign.

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Joshua Kelley Sep 18 9:30am ET

Los Angeles Chargers No. 2 running back Joshua Kelley is coming off of a nice Week 1 performance and will look to solidify himself as part of the backfield in Week 2 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Although starting running back Austin Ekeler led the team with 67% of the snaps, Kelley chipped in with 24% and made the most of the opportunity presented to him. The rookie rushed 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in his Week 1 matchup versus the Bengals. Kelley has been making a strong impression on the coaching staff since training camp and has leap frogged Justin Jackson for the number two spot behind Austin Ekeler. Jackson did have 11 snaps, but that could decrease with the way Kelley is running. Kelley is shaping up to be one of the better insurance policies for managers and should be considered in leagues of 10-12 managers. He also makes for a cheaper option in DFS leagues for the time being.

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Keenan Allen Sep 18 9:30am ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen had a rough opening week against the Bengals and will look to get back on track versus the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Allen was only able to muster four catches for 37 yards on eight targets in Week 1 with his new quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Allen is coming off of a 104-catch season and has consistently been one of the better options at his position. The loss of quarterback Philip Rivers to the Colts is expected to impact Allen, but he should still be able to put up strong numbers with Taylor behind center. The Chiefs are an 8.5-point favorite versus their division foe and thats a good sign that the Chargers could be behind and more likely to pass the ball. Allen also will be going up against a young Chiefs secondary and that could play to his advantage. He should be considered a WR2 heading into Sunday.

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Mike Williams Sep 18 9:30am ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams will look to build off of a solid Week 1 performance with a matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Williams was dealing with a shoulder injury last week, but was still able to grab four catches for 69 yards on nine targets. The most important part of that line is that quarterback Tyrod Taylor was looking for his big target a bunch. Taylor isnt the most accurate quarterback, but Williams has shown flashes of being able to make spectacular catches in his young career. With the Chargers likely to be playing behind on Sunday, they may have no choice but to pass and Williams could be a part of that attack. Williams will be going up against a young secondary and could be considered a for the flex position in deeper leagues.

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Hunter Henry Sep 18 9:30am ET

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry will look to build off his Week 1 performance with a date against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The injury prone tight end put together a team-high 73 yards with five catches and saw eight targets in Week 1 versus the Bengals. Henry was a favorite of new quarterback Tyrod Taylor and is likely to continue to see a decent share of targets in Week 2 as the Chargers could potentially be battling an uphill fight. Henry has shown the ability to be a top-10 tight end when he is healthy and should be rostered in all formats. He will compete with Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams for touches this season and already looks like a favorite of Taylor in the offense.

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Cleveland Browns Sep 18 12:20am ET

The Cleveland Browns Defense picked up three sacks in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Cleveland also recovered a Joe Burrow fumble near the Cincinnati goal line in the game, which wasn't as close as the final score indicates. Myles Garrett led the way as he was the one who forced the Burrow fumble on a sack in the third quarter. The Browns offense cashed in on that turnover two plays later on a Nick Chubb one-yard touchdown run. Cleveland's defense has another plus matchup in Week 3 against the Washington Football Team.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Sep 18 12:10am ET

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught four of his six targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Beckham and Baker Mayfield connected for a pretty 43-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Cleveland their second TD of the evening. That went in the books as Beckham's first score of the 2020 season. The star receiver has now drawn 16 targets through the first two games of the season, totalling seven catches for 96 yards. He will be a solid WR2 in Week 3 when he faces the Washington Football Team.

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Michael Pittman Jr. Sep 18 12:10am ET

Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (toe) was a limited practice participant on Thursday after not showing up on the injury report on Wednesday. Pittman should be good to go on Sunday against the Vikings as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. The talented big-bodied receiver played fewer snaps than Zach Pascal in the season opener, finishing with two catches for only 10 yards in his NFL debut. Even if tight end Jack Doyle (ankle, knee) doesn't play, Pittman is too far down the pecking order in Indy's passing game to be considered a viable fantasy starter in most leagues.

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Jarvis Landry Sep 18 12:10am ET

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught three of his four targets for 46 yards in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. It was a quiet game for Landry, who can normally be counted upon to see more than four targets in most games. That being said, the Cleveland offense under new head coach Kevin Stefanski wants to be run-heavy, which will cut into Landry's looks. Landry has caught eight of 10 targets for 107 scoreless yards through the first two games of the season. He will take on the Washington Football Team in Week 3.

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Duke Johnson Sep 18 12:10am ET

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson (ankle) practiced on a limited basis on Thursday for the second straight day. Johnson was listed as week-to-week after suffering an ankle injury last Thursday in the season opener, but it looks as though he's made some quick progress. However, even if the 27-year-old winds up playing against a nasty Ravens Defense this week, he'll be a desperation flex play in PPR leagues. Buddy Howell is set to be the primary backup to David Johnson if Duke Johnson has to sit this one out.

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Austin Hooper Sep 18 12:10am ET

Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper caught two of four targets for 21 scoreless yards in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. It was another quiet game for Hooper, who only caught two passes for 15 yards in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. There was some hope he would have more chances in Week 2 after David Njoku was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week. It didn't help that the Browns only attempted 23 passes in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicates. With just four catches for 36 yards through two games, Hooper is slipping into low-end TE2 territory in fantasy. He will look to rebound in Week 3 against the Washington Football Team.

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