FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets will be shorthanded Sunday when it comes to catching the football.
Quincy Enunwa, their leader in receptions, will be sidelined against Minnesota at MetLife Stadium. Another of the Jets’ top four wide receivers, Terrelle Pryor, likely will be, too.
Enunwa, who has 22 catches, could be out three to four weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in last Sunday’s win over Indianapolis. Pryor aggravated a groin injury in the game and is doubtful for Sunday.
The only receiver missing from Friday’s injury report was Jermaine Kearse. Robby Anderson (hamstring) sat out practice Wednesday but participated fully in the next two. Andre Roberts (foot/ankle), the main return man, practiced fully all week. Charone Peake (hamstring), also primarily a special-teamer, practiced fully after missing the last three games.
So the receiving corps is a little banged up.
“Really?” Roberts countered playfully.
“It’s always tough when you lose [players], especially [Enunwa], one of our key guys,” he said. “But I think other guys are ready to step up in his place while he’s out.”
Roberts has excelled while returning punts in his first year here, posting an NFL-leading 21.5 yards per return. The ninth-year pro also has 245 career receptions but has only one this season.
“I’ve always wanted to get in on offense wherever I went,” said Roberts, who has played for four other teams. “Whenever that opportunity presents itself, I’m hoping I can fulfill that opportunity and be great. I’ve always been confident as a receiver.”
The Jets (3-3) were mulling whether to add a receiver by promoting rookie Deontay Burnett from the practice squad or signing a free agent. Burnett was Sam Darnold’s top receiver at USC last season with 86 receptions, 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns.
“I think we’ve been in sync with everything we do,” Burnett said. “We act like friends, talking off the field, talking on the field and just being around each other. It still feels the same to me.”
And if it isn’t his time?
“You’ve got to learn patience,” Burnett said.
Burnett said of Darnold: “It’s only the beginning for him. He’s so talented, level-headed. He never lets the moment get too big for him.”
Tight ends Chris Herndon, Neal Sterling, Eric Tomlinson and Jordan Leggett also could help in the passing game.
“It’s more of a lunch-pail group,” coach Todd Bowles said, “but they’re all very talented in their own right.”
Notes & quotes: The Jets probably will be without three of their top five defensive backs. Cornerback Buster Skrine (concussion) and safety Marcus Maye (thumb) are out and cornerback Trumaine Johnson (quadriceps) is doubtful. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot) is doubtful. Running back Isaiah Crowell (foot) is questionable. Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is out . . . Left tackle Kelvin Beachum was named Week 6 NFLPA Community MVP after raising $71,590 toward meals for the needy as part of the World Food Day Match Challenge. That included a personal donation of $46,000.