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Linebacker David Harris and rookie defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis suffered sprained ankles Sunday against the Chargers, but coach Rex Ryan told ESPN New York the injuries are not serious and that both are expected to play when they travel to Buffalo after the bye week.
Defensive tackle Mike DeVito is also expected to play against the Bills, although the sprained knee that kept him out of the game against San Diego is expected to be a little more serious than Harris and Ellis' injuries.
"If we played this Sunday, I don't know if he'd be able to play," Ryan said. "That injury is a real one, but we expect him to play against Buffalo."
Ellis had actually started in DeVito's place, but was hurt in the first quarter and did not return. Harris came out during the second quarter but did make it back to action before the game was over.
The New York Jets got a big win against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, beating AFC West-leading San Diego 27-21 in East Rutherford, N.J. to move above .500. Here's a quick look at updates on the Jets injury situation.
LT had an illness that started before the game. It looked like a car coming in, NASCAR coming in. He was getting four tires and gas and everything else. You had everybody in the world working on him. It got him through most of the game but he couldn’t finish it. It was just an illness thing.
One area in which the Jets are hurting is on the defensive line. Rookie DT Kenrick Ellis left the field with an ankle injury in the first half quarter and did not return. It's not certain how much time he will miss.
Here's Ryan on the Jets run defense.
The big guy came out in the first series, big Kenrick Ellis, with an ankle. Harris (LB David Harris) had an ankle. That was something I was really proud of our defense (for). We had a couple of defensive linemen out, with DeVito (DE Mike DeVito) and Kenrick and our guys stepped up. When David went down it seemed like our headset was down for a little bit too. We were having a tough time communicating.
The Jets also missed linebacker David Harris, who left in the first half with an ankle injury. Harris re-entered the game in the second half.
Here are some post-game notes and quotes following the New York Jets’ 27-21 victory Sunday over the San Diego Chargers.
Jets’ wide receiver Plaxico Burress on his season-best three-touchdown game:
“We’ve just been working so hard at it in practice. (I was) just being patient. Santonio (Holmes) kept telling me, “Just be patient.” Schotty (Brian Schottenheimer) stuck with me and was still calling the plays. Just working hard in practice and seeing the results in practice, I said, ‘Hey, there is going to come a time in the game where these things are going to click,’ and today, we just had a great day.”
Jets’ coach Rex Ryan:
We saw the team we envisioned at the start of the season. We were slow to get it going, but we saw it. We faced a good team today. … We just feel like we’re hitting out stride now. This is the football team we think we have. We had more than hiccups along the way."
Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez on coming back from a 21-10 deficit:
This team doesn’t have any quit in (it). We rely on each other to come back and make plays (on) offense, defense and special teams. I didn’t like the way we had too many penalties this week, but that’s something we have to compete against and battle with the next two weeks. I’m sure happy the way we persevered through a slow start.
With his six-yard reception in the first quarter, RB LaDainian Tomlinson became the fourth running back in NFL history to record 600 receptions, joining Larry Centers (827), Marshall Faulk (767) and Keith Byars (610). Tomlinson now has 602 career receptions.
It’s taken some time for Plaxico Burress and Mark Sanchez to get on the same page. It appears they’re getting there, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the New York Jets.
Gang Green defeated the San Diego Chargers Sunday at MetLife Stadium, 27-21, with Burress hauling in three touchdowns to lead New York to a crucial victory. The Jets improved to 4-3, and head into their bye week before traveling to Buffalo to take on the rival Bills in Week 9.
New York trailed 21-10 heading into the second half, but Rex Ryan’s defense pitched a shutout the rest of the way, the defense’s third half where they gave up no points to the opponent. Darrelle Revis, who saved the Jets in Week 6 with a scintillating 100-yard interception return touchdown against the Miami Dolphins, came up with another clutch pick. With the Chargers ahead 21-17 and in Jets territory in the fourth quarter, Philip Rivers’ pass bounced off of Vincent Jackson and into the arms of Revis, who returned the ball to the Chargers’ 20 yard line. That set up Burress’ third and final touchdown, giving the Jets a lead they never relinquished.
Burress only caught four passes for 25 yards, but Sanchez clearly looked for Burress when the Jets needed scores. On Sanchez’s only interception of the game in the first quarter by Eric Weddle, Sanchez was looking for Burress in the end zone. The Jets’ offense has struggled under Sanchez getting in the end zone and finishing drives, but Sanchez may have finally found a favorite new target.
A point that may be talked about less than Burress’ three scores but clearly just as important was the resurgence of the Jets’ running attack. Shonn Greene had his best day of the season by a country mile, gaining 112 yards on 20 carries. Sanchez was good enough, finishing with 173 yards passing and the three touchdowns to Burress.
The Jets finally put it all together in the second half, with the offense moving the ball and finishing drives while the defense shut down Rivers and the Chargers. They now have an extra week to prepare for Buffalo, a much harder game than the Jets probably thought when they looked at their schedule. A loss would have put New York’s season on the brink. A victory has them looking again for bigger and better things.
The third quarter opened with the Chargers on their own 27 yard line. Rivers hit Matthews for a six yard gain and then Matthews rushed up the middle for another eight yards. The Chargers then went three and out and were forced to punt the ball.
The Jets started on their own nine yard line and got a huge scramble out of Mark Sanchez who rushed for 25 yards. They were unable to put a series together after Sanchez was sacked for eight yards. Even after a 12 yard pass to Tomlinson, they were still six short of the first down and were forced to punt.
The Chargers went three and out and gave the Jets great field position. Shonn Green rushed for 25 yards on the drive while Mark Sanchez 27 passing yards and a touchdown to Burress. Nick Folk made the extra point. The Chargers again went three and out and gave the Jets great field position to end the half.
The second quarter continued the Chargers drive down the field. Philip Rivers passed to Vincent Jackson for a 15 yard gain bringing the Chargers into the Jets' red zone. Three Mike Tolbert rushes set Rivers up for a two yard pass to Antonio Gates for the touchdown.
The Jets started their own second quarter driver deep in their territory. Four San Diego penalties assisted the Jets in moving the ball down field. Shonn Green consistently gained on rushing attempts and Mark Sanchez connected with Plaxico Burress for the touchdown.
The next Chargers series opened with Mike Tolbert rushing for a 29 yard gain. Rivers connected with Malcom Floyd 28 yards which took the team deep into Jets territory. A seven yard Jets pass interference set the Chargers up on the one yard line and Mike Tolbert pounded the ball in for the touchdown on his third attempt.
The Jets had one more opportunity to score before the half but were unable to put together a successful series.
The first quarter of the week seven match up between the Jets and the Chargers. The Chargers took advantage of Jets poor play to take the 7-3 lead.
Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has a theory about what caused his twin brother Rex to remark that he would have won "a couple of rings" by now if the San Diego Chargers had hired him in 2007 instead of current coach Norv Turner. Rob Ryan told the Dallas Morning News on Friday that the New York Jets head coach is suffering from a case of "ring envy."
"Let me tell you something, that whole comment there is about multiplicity," Rob Ryan said of his twin, who has one Super Bowl ring from working as a defensive line coach with the Ravens in 2000. "Rex is constantly using that multiple ring thing, multiple ring this, multiple ring that, multiple ring this.
"It's ring envy. His twin brother has two rings, his dad has three rings, he only has one, so you can see the multiplicity thing."
Rob Ryan won two Super Bowls during his time as a linebackers coach for the New England Patriots from 2000-2003.
The New York Jets (3-3) host the San Diego Chargers (4-1) Sunday at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. ET, CBS).
For the Jets, running back LaDainian Tomlinson and cornerback Antonio Cromartie will be facing the team for which they began their NFL careers
The game will be broadcast across the Jets Radio Network on the following stations:
WEPN – 1050AM – New York
KSPN – 710AM – Los Angeles, CA
WNJE – 1040AM – Somerset, NJ;
WPOP – 1410 AM – Hartford, CT
WLIR-FM – 107.1FM – Hampton Bays, NY
WRCN-FM – 103.9FM – Riverhead, NY
WTLA – 1200AM – Syracuse, NY
WSGO – 1440AM – Oswego, NY
WTLB – 1310AM – Utica, NY
WTMM-FM – 104.5FM – Albany, NY
WCHR-FM – 105.7FM – Manahawkin, NJ
WXHC-FM – 101.5FM – Cortland/Homer, NY
WPIE – 1160AM – Ithaca, NY
WMTR – 1250 – Morristown, NJ
— SB Nation New York will have game coverage. You can also join a discussion with Jets fans at Gang Green Nation.
New York Jets wide receiver Logan Payne's season is over before it had a chance to begin. After missing the first six weeks of the season with a dislocated left wrist suffered during training camp, Payne was placed on the injured reserve list Saturday, according to reports.
Payne had surgery on the wrist and was hoping to making a return this year, but the Jets needed to clear a spot on the 53-man roster for defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu prior to today's game against the San Diego Chargers. Tevaseu was brought up as additional backup for fellow defensive tackle Mike DeVito, who is questionable for the game after injuring his knee at practice Wednesday. If DeVito ultimately has to sit out, the Jets will give rookie Kenrick Ellis his first NFL start. A third-round pick out of Hampton University, Ellis made his NFL debut this past Monday against the Dolphins.
For complete Jets coverage as they take on the Chargers this afternoon, visit Gang Green Nation.
New York Jets defensive tackle Mike DeVito missed practice Friday after aggravating his injured knee during Thursday's practice, according to a report from ESPN New York. Devito is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, as is center Nick Mangold (ankle), who returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the previous two days.
The Jets have said all along Mangold will play Sunday, but Devito's appears to be more at risk. If he doesn't, the Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that third-round pick Kenrick Ellis will get the nod in his place. Ellis was inactive the first five games of the season before making his debut in Monday night's win over the Dolphins.
The following Jets are listed as probable: Cornerback Marquice Cole (hamstring), cornerback Antonio Cromartie (groin), defensive tackle Marcus Dixon (knee), running back Joe McKnight (knee), defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (knee), long snapper Tanner Purdum (back), cornerback Donald Strickland (concussion), running back LaDainian Tomlinson (not injury related) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder).
All of the probable players made full participation at Friday's practice.
Visit Gang Green Nation for complete Jets coverage.
New York Jets center Nick Mangold missed his second straight practice Thursday, but cornerback Antonio Cromartie returned to limited practice after missing a day with a groin injury. Mangold, who has yet to completely recover from the high-ankle sprain he sustained Week 2 against Jacksonville, is expected to play Sunday against the Chargers, as is Cromartie. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson returned to full practice after missing Wednesday's session for non-injury reasons.
Cornerback Isaiah Trufant missed his second straight practice with a hamstring injury, while linebacker Ropati Pitoitua (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis after missing Wednesday. Defensive tackle Mike Devito (knee) also made limited participation Thursday.
Jets who made full participation included: cornerback Marquice Cole (hamstring), defensive tackle Marcus Dixon (knee), running back Joe McKnight (knee), long snapper Tanner Pardum (back), cornerback Donald Strickland (concussion) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder).
Visit Gang Green Nation for complete Jets coverage.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan took the blame for this week's controversy with San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner, admitting he wished the war of words had never happened. That being said, Ryan is still not very worried about anybody's opinion.
"I did ask Norv if I needed to wear a helmet [to Sunday's game]," Ryan said, according to a tweet by Jane McManus.
While Ryan regrets taking a shot at Turner, he is more concerned with what happens on the field.
"I'd love to be respected by my peers and things like that but I just want to win," Ryan said, according to a tweet by Ian Begley.
On Wednesday Ryan said he would have "a couple of rings" if he had coached the talented San Diego teams Turner has been blessed with.
Turner fired right back at Ryan.
"I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he's guaranteed the last couple of years," Turner said.
Ryan's initial comments were taken by some as a slap to his current team. But Ryan told reporters Thursday he wouldn't trade this Jets team for anybody.
The Jets get Phillip Rivers and the Chargers at home. Can New York slow San Diego's offense and upset the AFC West leaders?
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was matched up Monday night with Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins, and he knew that meant he would be busy. The number of times the Dolphins tried to invade Revis Island, however, turned out to be ridiculous.
Revis was targeted 14 times, 11 while he was covering Marshall. He surrendered five completions. Including Monday, Revis has been thrown at just 29 times all season.
I knew the matchup during the week the whole time going up against Brandon Marshall, so I expected them to throw him the ball at all times and utilize him. He is their best receiver on the team, so I didn’t think they would shy away from me. It was great with the competition and the quarterbacks throwing at me because it gives me opportunities to make more plays."
Revis made two picks, had four passes defensed and wound up as AFC Defensive Player of The Week. It’s a pretty safe bet the Chargers won’t throw in his direction 14 times this Sunday.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan could not get through one week without finding himself embroiled in controversy. As so often happens with Ryan, who just can’t seem to muzzle himself, this is a mess entirely of his own making.
During a Wednesday news conference with San Diego media in advance of Sunday’s Jets-Chargers game Ryan said he would have had “a couple of rings” if the Chargers had hired him back in 2007. Ryan interviewed for the head coaching job in San Diego that went to Norv Turner, who is still the San Diego coach.
Ryan tried to pass off his remark as a joke and said “Obviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there.”
Turner got in a shot of his own at Ryan, saying "I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he’s guaranteed the last couple of years.”
This is a silly mess, another non-sensical distraction Ryan caused by running his mouth before using his brain. You wonder if he will ever learn.
Center Nick Mangold and cornerback Antonio Cromartie missed practice Wednesday for the New York Jets, but both players are expected to play in Sunday's game against the Chargers. Cromartie hurt his groin in the fourth quarter of Monday night's victory over the Miami Dolphins, but ESPN New York is reporting the injury is not expected to be serious. Mangold has started the past two games for the Jets, but has yet to entirely recover from the high-ankle sprain he sustained Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Joining the two on the sidelines were defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (knee), running back LaDainian Tomlinson (not injury-related) and cornerback Isaiah Trufant (hamstring). Running back Joe McKnight (knee) practiced, but with limited participation.
Cornerback Marquice Cole (hamstring), defensive tackle Marcus Dixon (knee), long snapper Tanner Purdum (back), cornerback Donald Strickland (concussion) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder) all participated fully in the practice.
Visit Gang Green Nation for complete Jets coverage.
The New York Jets got a much-needed win against Miami last week. Can they keep the momentum rolling against stiffer competition form the Chargers?