It’s possible Jets fans will be seeing a few uniform numbers on Sunday against Houston that they haven’t seen in a while or saw in different places on the field.
A lot of that has to do with the Jets’ injury situation. Rex Ryan at his news conference today said three players will sit out the Texans — WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin) and CBs Dwight Lowery (concussion) and Marquice Cole (hamstring).
So what happens at WR? No. 88 should make his return.
“We’ll call Patrick Turner up” from the practice squad, Ryan said. “The first thing you notice about him is he’s a big guy [6’5″, 220]. I like the way he’s been practicing. He competes hard every day. I give him a lot of credit. He was pushing Darrelle when he was getting ready for that huge kid at Detroit [Calvin Johnson]. We gave Patrick a gameball for that. They almost got into a fight, he was working him so hard.”
And with two corners down, who might be a fifth corner in a pinch? That could be No. 25.
“I think Joe McKnight,” Ryan said of his versatile rookie RB. “He’s been working that way. We probably won’t be very multiple with him out there in coverage, but we taught him a couple of zones, and I think we even taught him some man coverage, so he’ll be all right. He’s a great athlete. He’s getting ready to explode. The way he’s practiced, he’s earned our trust back. It’s just a matter of time before we expect to see him out there a little bit, running back, receiver, corner. He’s going to play some for us.”
How much against Houston remains to be seen, but Rex threw it out there.
Week’s Final Injury Report
Besides the three “outs,” Ryan and his medical and training staff listed two new “limited” players today — LB David Harris (calf) and WR Brad Smith (low back). But the coach said they’ll both be probable for the Texans.
The Texans’ final injury report shows TE Owen Daniels as out for this game with a hamstring injury. QB Matt Schaub (knee) practiced full today but is listed as questionable for the game. WR Andre Johnson (ankle) was also limited but is probable. LB Zac Diles’ illness kept him out of his second practice and he is questionable.
Rex Remembers Elliott
Many have sent their remembrances of John Elliott, the Jets’ Super Bowl III defensive tackle who died in Texas last week, from having watched him on TV in the late Sixties and early Seventies. Rex Ryan was one who could recall first-hand seeing John work in practice. Dan Leberfeld of Jets Confidential asked him about his memories during the news conference.
“No. 80, I believe. At the time I think he was 6’5″, and he was a rare guy. He was one of those special, talented guys, explosive off the snap, a guy with great height and length. Man, was he great. You talk about why the Jets won, you look at the way he played, the way Gerry Philbin played. The Jets were No. 1 in the AFL in defense in those days, and I know John Elliott was a huge part of that.”
About 75 members of five branches of the U.S. Military attended practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center today. Rex: “I always like having our guys around the military. How fortunate we are to have men and women like that so we can have the freedom to do this.” … Ryan confirmed that the Jets worked out LB Shawn Crable, released Wednesday by the Patriots, but no word yet on if Crable will be signed to the practice squad.
Update, 6:10 p.m.: The Jets have just confirmed their roster moves. Patrick Turner has been signed to the active roster, DT Jarron Gilbert (waived Thursday) and LB Shawn Crable have been signed to the practice squad, and DB Will Billingsley has been released from the P-squad.
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