Keller, Hill to return to practice

October, 10, 2012
10/10/12
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Good news for the Jets' struggling offense: TE Dustin Keller and WR Stephen Hill, both battling hamstring injuries, are slated to return to practice Wednesday. They will be limited, but it's a step toward returning to game action.

Keller has a better chance than Hill of playing Sunday against the Colts, according to Rex Ryan, who reiterated what he said Tuesday: He expects Keller to be back out there after missing four games.

C Nick Mangold (ankle) won't practice Wednesday. Ryan said he's "hopeful" that Mangold can play Sunday, but he didn't sound overly confident. Mangold, who missed two games last season because of a high-ankle sprain, hurt the same ankle Monday night, but it's not a high-ankle sprain, according to Ryan. He called it a "regular ankle sprain."

If Mangold can't play, the Jets would start LG Matt Slauson at center, with Vladimir Ducasse stepping in at left guard.

NT Sione Po'uha, who missed Monday night with a recurring back injury, won't practice. This has to be a concern for the Jets. Remember, he missed the entire preseason because of a bad back. Backup NT Kenrick Ellis (sprained knee) is out at least two weeks, prompting the Jets to sign former Colts DT Daniel Muir.

The only other nose tackle on the roster is undrafted rookie Damon Harrison. They'd probably slide veteran DT Mike DeVito into the nose position before turning to the untested rookie.

In other injury news, WR Clyde Gates (shoulder) and FB John Conner (hamstring) won't practice. Neither will S LaRon Landry (heel), but he routinely takes two days off after a game before practicing.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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