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Monday, December 2, 2013
Rex: Cribbs injury is 'pretty serious'

By Matt Ehalt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan believes receiver/returner Josh Cribbs suffered a "pretty bad" injury in Sunday's 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins, which could signal Cribbs' season is over.

Cribbs left Sunday's game in the second quarter and was in a sling afterward. It's believed he injured his right shoulder/pectoral area, although the Jets did not provide specifics Monday.

"I think it's pretty bad," Ryan said. "I think it's pretty serious."

Cribbs' last play came a little more than midway through the second quarter when the Jets punted to end their second drive. Cribbs played just one offensive snap. It was announced he left with a shoulder injury.

With Cribbs out, the Jets used Antonio Cromartie to return kickoffs, and Kyle Wilson for punts. Cromartie averaged 31.5 yards per return, but using him going forward is not ideal since he plays an important position and returning kicks exposes him to more hits.

Of all the active players that have returned kicks for the Jets this year, Jeremy Kerley, who is currently sidelined with an elbow injury, is the only realistic choice of the group to possibly take over as the returner.

"We'll take a look at our options," Ryan said. "Certainly Cro did a tremendous job back there but he is our best corner. We'll take a look at our options."

Cribbs is averaging 24.5 yards on kickoff returns, while he he's returned eight punts for a total of 96 yards. He's caught two passes for six yards, and has rushed 13 times for 55 yards. He's also completed 2 of 3 passes for 38 yards out of the Wildcat package.