- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- As the season grinds to an inevitable end, the Jets are facing a familiar problem -- injuries to the receivers. Rex Ryan said TE Dustin Keller won't be practicing for the second day this week and WR Chaz Schilens (knee, calf) is also out.
Both players have missed games with injuries this season. Keller, one of quarterback Mark Sanchez's favorite targets, has been particularly missed. But the round robin -- Santonio Holmes is on the IR with a Lisfranc injury and Jeremy Kerley has had quad issues -- has left the team scratching for viable players.
"You pick up a guy on Wednesday and he's playing on Sunday," Ryan said. "So it's not an ideal situation. We've had more injuries at that position than any time I can remember since being here."
Ryan said he didn't think WR Stephen Hill, who was moved to the IR Wednesday with an LCL sprain, will need surgery to repair the knee injury.
"He had some drops and things, but he was working extremely hard," Ryan said. "I saw more confidence in him as it was going on, and then unfortunately he gets hurt again."
DEVITO A PEARL, MAN: Ryan praised Mike DeVito, who has had some strong games as the season winds down. DeVito, a defensive end, is a free agent at the end of this year after the Jets brought him in as an undrafted free agent, and has 59 tackles so far this season. He has also been versatile, given the lower back injury to Sione Po'uha.
COPLES THERAPY: Ryan is happy with rookie Quinton Coples, and thinks the 6-foot-6 defensive end will be a big part of the Jets' future. "I think now he's hitting his stride a little bit," Ryan said.
Ryan said Coples' speed has improved, and he has become a much better practice player for the Jets. Coples has had 24 tackles this season, but is tied for the team lead with eight tackles for loss.
"I think maybe his technique in playing the run, that's an area where he can improve," Ryan said.
END OF THE WORLD: Ryan was asked about the chances that personnel like Sanchez or first-year offensive coordinator Tony Sparano would be back next season. He declined to talk about any upcoming moves.
"My focus is on these two games that we have left," Ryan said.
Which, ultimately, might be focusing too far ahead. The Mayan calendar says the world will end Friday, meaning that by delaying it a day, Ryan might never have to address those concerns.