Updated, 4:57 p.m. ET
Regarding Jeremy Kerley, what do you want first, the good news first or the less good news?
The good news, as head coach Rex Ryan revealed to reporters at his pre-practice news conference this morning, is that Kerley was named the first AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award winner of the season.
“I’m really proud of this young man,” Ryan said of Kerley, who ended the Jets’ punt-return TD drought with his 68-yard return score against Buffalo on Sunday. “It’s quite an honor.”
Not as good to hear from Rex: “Unfortunately, Jeremy woke up today and he’s got a low back, he’s stiff. … He will be evaluated. We’re going to list him as limited.”
Also on the not-great-news-but-could-be-worse front, Ryan reported that Darrelle Revis will not practice today due to the mild concussion he suffered late against the Bills.
“The update from the trainers,” Rex said, “is that Darrelle has been cleared to resume physical activity but he’s out for practice today.”
The coach had no prognoses for either player or the rest of his injured players heading into Sunday’s latest return to Pittsburgh to play the ever-tough Steelers. But the Kerley/Revis situations are tied in together. If either can’t go on Sunday at Heinz Field, Kyle Wilson comes into play. If Revis has to sit out, Wilson would start at corner. If Kerley can’t go, Wilson would be first in at punt return.
If both can’t go? Ryan wasn’t ready to reveal all the Jets’ contingency plans, although he did say that Clyde Gates, last week’s waiver pickup from the Dolphins, might be ready to suit up for the first time as a Jet.
The Jets’ Week 2 injury report, issued after practice, showed that Kerley, Revis, LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring), FB John Conner (knee) and T Dennis Landolt (knee) didn’t participate in team drills. Six other players were limited — WR Stephen Hill (calf), TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), LB Josh Mauga (rib), NT Sione Po‘uha (low back), S Eric Smith (hip/knee) and CB Isaiah Trufant (ankle).
For the second straight week, the Jets had around triple the number of injured players than the opponents. Today’s Jets list had 17 players. The full list can be found here. The Steelers, meanwhile, listed six: Did Not Participate — RB Jonathan Dwyer (foot), LB James Harrison (knee), S Troy Polamalu (calf) and LB Stevenson Sylvester (knee); Limited — DE Evander Hood (back); Full — RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee).
Kerley’s award is his first weekly honor as a Jet and the first Jets punt returner to get the award since Santana Moss in 2002.
And it’s the 16th weekly/monthly AFC award presented to a Jets special-teamer since Mike Westhoff arrived in 2001. Under Ryan/Westhoff, Jason Trusnik and Brad Smith each got a weekly ST award in 2009, Smith got a weekly and a monthly award in 2010, and last season kickoff returner Joe McKnight was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October.
Tags: AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Darrelle Revis, Jeremy Kerley, Mike Westhoff, Rex Ryan, Santana Moss
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