Coples uncertain for Sunday vs. Bills

September, 18, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets linebacker Quinton Coples was an official practice participant Wednesday, but was limited in his return from a hairline fracture in his right ankle after individual workouts during Monday's session.

Coples, who has not played since suffering the injury in the second preseason game Aug. 17, wasn't sure about seeing the field this weekend against the Buffalo Bills.

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AP Photo/Joe RobbinsJets LB Quinton Coples hasn't played since suffering a hairline ankle fracture Aug. 17.
"It's a trainer's and coach's decision," Coples said. "Whatever they tell me, I'll prepare for."

Jets coach Rex Ryan was just as uncertain about Coples' returning for Sunday's AFC East clash, noting that it's been just more than a month since Coples underwent surgery. The original timeline had Coples, the team's first-round pick in 2012, missing three to four weeks with the fracture.

Ryan indicated that Coples likely would be on a limited snap count if he's able to go against the Bills.

"Would it be full-time and all that? I wouldn't think so," Ryan said. "That's impressive that this kid was out there today even in a limited capacity."

Coples said he's taking it day by day, and he feels good thus far. He did more on Wednesday than he did Monday, when he was seen doing agility drills during the portion of practice open to the media. He constantly referred to the trainers and coaches having the final say in what happens.

"I'm just going by what they give me. At the end of the day, I think they know me more than I know myself," Coples said about his status for Sunday. "They've been dealing with this a lot more than I have -- it's my first injury, so I'm playing it by ear."

Coples is moving to a new position this season, from defensive lineman to outside linebacker. He said he doesn't believe he's missed much being sidelined these past two weeks, and that he has time to catch up.

He's looking forward to getting back on the field to help bolster an already stingy Jets defense.

"It's always a pleasure to go out there and play with my brothers," Coples said. "End of the day, I'm excited as well."

Still not there: Wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot) said he's still not 100 percent as he works himself back from the Lisfranc fracture and the corresponding surgery.

Holmes played a season-high 66 snaps against the Patriots last Thursday after playing 45 against the Buccaneers in the opener. He said he came out of the game fine. He has four catches for 64 yards on the season.

"I think based on [Jeremy] Kerley's injury, we had to go with what we had," Holmes said. "We had many opportunities, with the defense forcing a lot of three-and-outs on the Patriots, that there was a chance I'd play a lot. We just had to play with what we had to give ourselves a chance to win the ballgame."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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