Jamison Crowder injury is another setback Jets couldn’t afford

The Jets, already thin on talent at the skill positions, could be without one of their few established standouts on Sunday against the 49ers.

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder will sit out Thursday’s practice with a hamstring injury and his status is uncertain, coach Adam Gase said.

Running back Le’Veon Bell (knee) and wide receiver Denzel Mims (hamstrings) are already on Injured Reserve and out at least the next three games, and now Crowder, quarterback Sam Darnold’s most reliable option at receiver, is dealing with an injury. Gase does not think Crowder will need to be put on IR and his status would likely depend on being able to practice on Friday.

“We got to see how it goes,” Gase said. “We’re still evaluating him.”

Gase said Crowder, who was limited on Wednesday, hurt the hamstring running. He caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in last Sunday’s loss to the Bills.

“Obviously missing practice, we need to make sure he’s good before we put him out there,” Gase said.

If Crowder can’t play, Darnold’s receivers would be Breshad Perriman, Chris Hogan, Braxton Berrios and Josh Malone.

There was some positive injury news. Rookie running back La’Mical Perine will practice on a limited basis. He is at least trending in the right direction after missing the Bills game with an ankle injury. Also, inside linebacker Avery Williamson (hamstring) will be limited, as he was on Wednesday, but will do more team drills as he hopes to make his season debut.