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McKnight, Ellis Won’t Make the Trip to Seattle

Posted by Randy Lange on November 9, 2012 – 1:32 pm

Updated, Saturday, 12:10 p.m.

The Jets will be traveling to Seattle today without two contributors they thought might have been available for the Seahawks after an otherwise healing bye week. Head coach Rex Ryan announced at his news conference today that RB-KR Joe McKnight (ankle) and NT Kenrick Ellis (knee) will stay home.

“We’re going to keep them back here,” Ryan said before the team hops buses for Newark Liberty Airport and the six-hour flight to the Pacific Northwest this afternoon. “Kenrick was limited in practice. He’s just not quite ready to play. Hopefully next week he’ll be ready to go.”

Ellis hurt his knee in the Oct. 8 game against the Texans and hadn’t practiced at all until Thursday and today, when he was limited for the first time. But the nose tackle position will be manned as it was last week by Sione Po‘uha, who made his first start in four games and got in 21 plays against Miami after working through his own back injury, as well as rookie Damon “Snacks” Harrison.

McKnight, one of the NFL’s top kickoff returners for the second straight season, injured his ankle against Indianapolis on Oct. 14, played on the ankle at New England and vs. Miami, but aggravated the injury against the Dolphins.

“Joe is one of those type of deals where if he can get 25 percent better by not playing in a game, it’s probably time to do that,” Ryan said. “We’re going that route and hopefully we’ll be able to get him back so he can practice and play.”

The Jets have listed Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson as the backup kickoff returners to McKnight on their weekly game-notes package for reporters, but a new alternative roared into action when speedy second-year WR Clyde Gates ripped off a 47-yard return with the second-half kickoff vs. the ‘Fins and might have become the eighth different Jet to return a kickoff for a touchdown under special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, had he not run into rookie Demario Davis near midfield.

The rest of the Jets injury report was pretty much the same all week. Six players were limited at today’s practice at the Atlantic Health Training Center, but Ryan said, “I believe all of them will play” at Seattle. Those six: C Nick Mangold (ankle), G Brandon Moore (hip), RB Bilal Powell (shoulder), LB Bart Scott (toe), S Eric Smith (knee) and Po‘uha. WR-PR Jeremy Kerley (heel) today became the 17th player listed on the injury report this week but practiced full and is probable for the Seahawks. Also, G Hayworth Hicks, signed this week from Indy’s practice squad, did not make the trip and has been ruled out for the game.

Update: Sorry, due to computer issues en route to Seattle, I couldn’t post the Seahawks’ injury report/game status. Here it is now:

Out — LB K.J. Wright (concussion), G James Carpenter (concussion).

Doubtful — DE Greg Scruggs (oblique).

Questionable — DT Clinton McDonald (groin).

Probable — WR Doug Baldwin (ankle), DE Red Bryant (foot), S Kam Chancellor (quad), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), DE Jason Jones (ankle), RB Marshawn Lynch (back/wrist), G John Moffitt (knee), CB Richard Sherman (illness).

Statement for the Region

Ryan wore a new baseball cap to today’s “Fast Friday” news conference. The logo on the front said it all: “NJ/NY STRONG.”

“I’m going to wear this hat at the game on behalf of our organization,” Ryan said. “Basically, it’s just to let people know, especially people in our region that were affected by Hurricane Sandy that our thoughts and prayers are with them. Hopefully they’ll see this hat on the sideline and they’ll understand that we’re with them and thinking about them, and also that we’re representing our region when we go up there and play this game.

“If they can get something encouraging out of our performance, that certainly motivates us and drives us as well.”

On Thursday owner Woody Johnson said the Jets are donating $500,000 to the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which last week devastated the New Jersey/New York area, and are dedicating their Thanksgiving night game against New England at MetLife Stadium to helping and honoring all those affected by the storm.

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16 Responses to “McKnight, Ellis Won’t Make the Trip to Seattle”

  1. By Tom Spicer on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    I saw this on Rotoworld “Jets senior personnel executive Terry Bradway adamantly wanted to draft Russell Wilson in April, to the point that Wilson became known as “Russell Bradway” around Jets headquarters in the early spring.
    The news comes via Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, so it’s not rumor. It’s a fact. “We knew about him and liked him,” Pettine said. “He’s proving he’s a complete quarterback. I think the league has been taken aback by how poised this rookie quarterback class is, and he’s no different. He does not look out of place out there.” It’s fair to wonder whether the Jets would have drafted Wilson had they not traded for Tim Tebow”

  2. By Tom Spicer on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    This is a must win for the Jets PERIOD to lock up a playoff spot they have to be 9 & 7. You may be able to get in at 8 & 8 but we can not take that chance. If the Jets were to lose we would be 3 & 6 so we would have to go 6 & 1 the rest of the way. At this point I have no faith in that happening if the Jets can pull this game out. We will have some glimer of hope for the rest of the year.

  3. By michael Reyes on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!

  4. By lou on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Its a shame, Randy, that even when healthy, the Jets refuse to use speedy Joe Mc Knight in their offensive game plan. Especially, as a receiver out of the backfield. He is so dangerous in the open field. Also, why are the Jets one of the few teams that hardly ever use screen passes? Third and long we see a handoff or a 6 yard pass when you need 10. Very frustrating.

  5. By kleckofan on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    All this attention to making the playoffs is flat out ridiculous. We are supposed to be fans, not hypnotized zombies. The article Ira referenced by the NYPost’s Costello was laughable…predicting wins over the Rams, Pats, cards, Bolts and Bills is silliness (I’ll give ya the Jags). This team is a lock to beat no one. And if we were to squeak in somehow what would we do against the Texans, Steelers, Pats, or even the Fins for that matter? We need to be real and continue to call for real change (QB, GM, OC etc).
    The goal is the Lombardi Trophy, lets not be distracted.

  6. By kleckofan on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Continuing with reality, my prediction is that this game will be ugly; they run the ball well (Lynch breaks arm tackles), pass adequately and their D is lights out. Ira’s prediction that they are “due” for a bad game aside (ouiji board?) this one looks bad on paper. Of course the games we were supposed to be destroyed in (Houston, NE) have been our best.
    I am firmly in the group that says a high draft pick is better than backing into a one game trip to the playoffs.

  7. By SCfromNY on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    WOW! $500,000 from Woody. Well kudos for any donation but if a BILLIONAIRE was going to make a donation I feel a larger amount would have been proper. Not too much to say today everything is getting repetitive. Finished watching Tebows interview on “Jets”. If his character is as advertised he must be embarrassed for the attension given to a player who sees the same number of plays as the punter. The winnable games in the second half present a “catch 22″. Many are winnable but not enough to get to the playoffs which unless something changes would be laughable anyway. But a 7-9 or 8-8 will again gtive us middle of the road draft pics. On the bright side if Tanny is still here we could the #1 and we would miss.

  8. By Byrdman on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Joe McKnight is the spark that makes the running game work in games like this – Seattle will tackle Green in the backfield but they had a lot of trouble with the speed of Peterson last week. Joe was just starting to flash some speed and cuts when he got hurt. Looks like Jets may have that disruptive DT they need in Ellis, hope gets back in the game soon, that position is a huge key to stopping the run. My theory is the loss of both Pouha and Ellis was more devastating this season than losing Revis. Not many teams have that ONE big time wide-out whom their whole passing game revolves around, like Megatron in Detroit for example. Teams know Revis will lockdown their best WO – in a sense that makes one less read the QB needs to make.

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom In Transition on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    GaryC, scjoe, Allan, and MJV, thanks for your very kind thoughts and punchie, plenty of people here made overtly political posts whereas I just hinted about things that I like or don’t like from both sides. And I said I’d be fine no matter who won but you can go talk to my doctors and biz contacts and if you don’t see trouble coming, your pocket presence is even worse than Sanchez’s. Yeah, MJV, I’ll try to check in now and again but if I don’t make some really big things happen soon, I’m not gonna have a spare moment to even rave about the W boys, Warren Wells and Wesley Walker. I’m not going anywhere physically but business-wise it’s a real good time to start thinking not just nationally but internationally, and it’s gonna be a lotta work!

  10. By GaryC on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    Jetfantom,good luck and know what you mean,this summer when I went to asia had work done on my teeth because it was more affordable,heaven knows what the medical will be.

  11. By Blacked Out Belligerent Blinka on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hope all is getting better for everyone. No one cares about me so I won’t get into my problems.

    Just more on a recent story I read about Sanchez.
    Could Randy or anyone give me an explanation on this:
    Where is the judgement on moving up and picking him. He only started for one year! Even my mother-in-law would not do that. There was not enough body of work to risk that investment. Why? Why? Why?

  12. By Mike Jet Vet on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, Gary I heard they use Chiclets for Dentures in Asia any truth? Just kidding, I might be taking a trip soon for some dental how was your experience, was their work up to par, quality wise. Oh yeah Football ..right Ellis and McKnight won’t be making the trip. I believe we’ill win or lose with or with out them no problem , either has lit it up or made any serious strides,I believe our young guy’s will do better

  13. By Charliejet on Nov 11, 2012 | Reply

    The jets have historically played up to teams and of course played down to teams they should have beaten…who knows? Only the Jets my fellow jet fans, only the Jets….

  14. By Joe on Nov 11, 2012 | Reply

    WHAT MUST WIN (ARE YOU KIDDING ME )were 3-5 INTURN have not won a game against a winning record in 2 years .The only thing this team is playing for is a FIRST FIVE DRAFT PICK WHICH MIKE T WILL USE TO PICK THE NEXT GHOLSTEN,SANCHEZ WILSON COUPLES ECT ECT ECT ECT .

  15. By Joe on Nov 11, 2012 | Reply


  16. By GaryC on Nov 11, 2012 | Reply

    mike jet vet,as bad as my teeth are I can use crazy glue and it wouldn’t matter.

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