Update, 1:25 p.m. ET
Today’s Sione Po‘uha sighting was not as rare as at the end of recent practices — the big nose tackle came out to talk with reporters under a tent at SUNY Cortland around noon.
And his message to Jets fans was that his back is on the way back and he has no doubt, “not at all,” he’ll be ready to rock and roll for Buffalo in the Sept. 9 season opener.
“They took all the measures, X-rays, all that type of stuff. It’s just a tight back,” Po‘uha said with his broad smile crinkling that other physical issue from this camp, the gash over his left eyebrow. “I think the most important thing was that everybody wanted to be on the same plan to make sure we took the right steps to get us back for that opener.”
Sione had been out of sight, not even working on the side during practices, and there was word he had to go to New York for tests, which led some to speculate something bad wrong had happened to his back.
But he said that after his wife Kaiti drove him the three hours or so to the city, the test results weren’t alarming. He said he’s had no trouble sleeping — “As long as I’ve got my pillow and my blanket, I’ll be all right.” And he could have explained his disappearance with one word: hydrotherapy.
“I was in the swimming pool,” he said. “So I’m still working. I’m in here doing more correctives, doing stuff to kind of fire your core — that’s the biggest thing about your back is to fire the core. You can tell I lost a little bit of weight. We’re just trying to make sure the core is all right, the back is right, and go into the swimming pool and do a lot of aquatics to make sure you kind of ease it on there and work it up slowly.”
He said he’s day-to-day for practice availability and as far as playing in the preseason, he said, “We’re just going to follow the plan. If we make super-big jumps, then the coaches will evaluate it, John [head trainer John Mellody] will evaluate it from there.”
Rex Ryan had a similar report from his perspective. Asked about Big Bo’s availability for the Bills, he said at today’s midday news conference, “Nobody’s given me any reason why he wouldn’t. I think he’ll be ready for the season opener. And we’ll see about preseason.”
Ryan said today’s downpour of interceptions — well, at least four — was at least good news for the D. “Up to today, I was concerned we haven’t gotten many. The offense has done a tremendous job of protecting the football. I think that was the most interceptions we’ve had in any practice this year.” Among the picks, Antonio Cromartie, Josh Bush and Demario Davis (7-on-7) against Sanchez, Ellis Lankster (7-on-7) on a Tim Tebow-to-Stephen Hill try.
Kicking report: T.J. Conley was superb with today’s practice kicks, driving Jeremy Kerley, working only on returns, and other returners 10 to 15 yards back from their set-up points and often toward the sideline. … Nick Folk and Josh Brown continue their neck-and-neck (foot-and-foot?) kicking derby. Brown went 3-for-4, missing from 48. Folk went 4-for-5, missing from 53, then trying it from that distance and making it. … Sanchez jumped in for Conley as a holder on a few of the shorter kicks, rescuing one low snap and getting them all down.
Out of practice today besides Po‘uha: Santonio Holmes, Chaz Schilens, Kerley, Ricky Sapp. Today was a rest day for LaRon Landry. … Ryan: “I think Wayne Hunter will play” vs. Giants. “I do not believe Chaz will play.”
Today’s attendance for the final open practice of the Cortland phase of training camp: 1,944. … Players have a closed session Thursday morning, then return Friday to North Jersey for the game vs. the Giants and the final week of open camp practices at MetLife Stadium (Tuesday) and the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center (Thursday-Friday).
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