New York Jets: Bryan Thomas
Linebacker Bryan Thomas also did not appear to be practicing and was not on the injury report issued before practice.
Players who were on the injury report and appeared to practicing were guard Brandon Moore (hip), center Nick Mangold (ankle), safety Eric Smith (knee), running back Bilal Powell (shoulder), tight end Jeff Cumberland (wrist) and defensive tackle Sione Po'uha (low back).
The Jets also appeared to be changing up their practice format a bit, as they were doing one-on-one drills during the portion open to the media, which is usually something that isn't done during the early portion of practice.
Asked about Sione Pouha, who has missed games with a lower back injury, Ryan said he was doubtful again this week -- even as the other option at nose tackle, Kenrick Eliis, will miss another game with a knee injury.
“You have to do what’s in the best interest of the player as well and sometimes you don’t want to have a young man step out there when maybe he’s not fully healed,” Ryan said. “That’s something that we won’t do. We want Sione in the long haul that’s for sure.”
Here is the official injury report:
Doubtful: DT Kenrick Ellis (knee), DT Sione Pouha (back), RB Bilal Powell (shoulder), S Eric Smith (knee)
Questionable: WR Clyde Gates (shoulder), C Nick Mangold (ankle), RB Joe McKnight (ankle)
Probable: WR Stephen Hill (hamstring), TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), WR Jeremy Kerley (finger), S LaRon Landry (heel), G Brandon Moore (hip), LB Calvin Pace (shoulder), QB Mark Sanchez (back), LB Bart Scott (toe), G Matt Slauson (knee), LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring)
Out: RB Brandon Bolden (knee), S Steve Gregory (hip), LB Tracy White (foot)
Questionable: DT Ron Brace (back), S Patrick Chung (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (hand), TE Rob Gronkowski (hip), TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle), LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring), G Logan Mankins (calf, hip), C Nick McDonald (shoulder), CB Sterling Moore (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (back, knee), WR Wes Welker (ankle)
Probable: DT Kyle Love (knee)
An eight-minute period in practice in which the first-team offense faced the first-team defense -- the type of thing they do in training camp.
So they did it Thursday, and Ryan loved it. All but one play in the period was a run. They used running plays from their base, power and boss packages. It wasn't live tackling, but it was full-speed. It made sense, considering their problems running and stopping the run.
"I challenged our guys to compete against each other," Ryan said Friday. "The only way to get better is to go full-speed against each other. That's what we got back to."
INJURY UPDATE: TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), WR Stephen Hill (hamstring), NT Sione Po'uha (back) and LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring) are expected to miss practice for the second straight day. There's virtually no chance of Hill playing Monday night against the Texans. Po'uha and Thomas are major question marks. Losing both players would be a big hit to the already beleaguered run defense.
Dixon's departure could pave the way for the return of LB Bryan Thomas, who was released Saturday as the Jets tweaked the roster for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
The Jets released Dixon on the final roster cutdown at the end of the preseason, but re-signed him a couple of days later because of a defensive-line injury.
In 1997, Jason Taylor had just been drafted by Miami. He faced Brett Favre in the first preseason game of his career, and it was a moment he’ll never forget.
“It was right after Brett signed his contract to be the highest paid player in the NFL,” Taylor said. “It was my first sack, even though it didn’t count it was a preseason sack, I was obviously very fired up about that.”
He might have fewer opportunities to get another sack on the QB, who will turn 41 on Sunday. Taylor had been starting at linebacker due to Calvin Pace’s absence. Pace broke his foot in a preseason game but will return this week.
“I’m sure I’ll play less,” Taylor said. “He’s the starter at those position so he’ll get back in the rotation and I’ll go back to working with (Bryan Thomas) and Calvin in the rotation. I’m glad he’s back and healthy. He’s looking good.”
In the years since he joined the league, Taylor has watched plenty of film on Favre and has gotten to know his tendencies. He knows what Favre’s strengths are, and said he is a bit more durable than your average player.
“No quarterback likes to get hit,” Taylor said. “...Brett’s been around long enough he will stand there and take a hit.”
Taylor said that Favre is an unusually effective quarterback because he can throw angles that other QBs wouldn’t even attempt. The way he can hit a receiver throwing across his body, Taylor said there are no dead areas of the field, every part has to be defended.
“Playing against a guy like Brett is pretty stressful because you know the guys going to make every throw on the field,” Taylor said.
As to whether Favre has lost a step to age, or if he would be less impressive because of the tendinitis in his elbow that has limited Favre in Vikings practice.
“Trust me he has tendonitis in more places than his elbows,” Taylor said.
Taylor will have to endure a commemoration of the Jets win over Miami 10 years ago, dubbed the Monday Night Miracle, this Monday at the New Meadowlands. He said the game always seems to be on replay when he turns on the television late at night.
“It was a Monday Night Miracle up here and a nightmare in Miami,” Taylor said.
But to his credit, Taylor said that he’d still rather watch a replay of the painful game than an episode of “Jersey Shore.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan thinks you will learn to appreciate Dolphins OLB Jason Taylor, who the Jets agreed to terms in principle with today and will sign with the team Wednesday morning.
"Well, I look at it this way: What was the kind of impact that Roger Clemens had?"
If you don't get the reference, and I'm sure you do, his point is that Yankee fans hated Roger Clemens when he was with the Red Sox, but came around when the pitcher started getting wins for New York.
Ryan was on a conference call to discuss the schedule, but took a lot of questions on Taylor as well. Here are some of the newsier bits.
Ryan was annoyed by the rumor that LG Alan Faneca, DE Shaun Ellis and OLB Bryan Thomas were being shopped.
"I'm just shocked that David Harris, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard and Damien Woody weren't on that list as well," Ryan said. "I guess you can throw enough names out there that maybe you hit on one, so, whatever. Nice report."
However, he only felt compelled to deny the rumors specifically regarding Thomas.
What Ryan said about Taylor: "I remember telling Jason, I was kidding him, I said, ‘Hey Jason you know what's great? If you come here, we think we're going to have the No. 1 defense in football. If you don't come here, we think we're going to have the No. 1 defense in football.’ That's just the way we feel. The great thing is Jason is a very talented player. (He’s) been that way for years. He's got great length and the experience I think is really going to help us. Like I say, the ability to finish teams off in the fourth quarter is going to be critical. Jason's going to be a major contributor for us this year."
Rex Ryan on the schedule: "Obviously, I'd be lying if I said that there's nothing special about playing the Ravens. I spent ten years there, getting passed over as a head coach. That one's going to be special to me and we're opening up our stadium (in the) first prime time game ever in the history of that stadium. That one's going to be a big one. Then you go on and you play the Cleveland Browns. Eric Mangini, who cares. I want to play my brother (Rob Ryan) and that one's big to me for that reason as well.