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Thursday: What to expect

8/25/2011

UPDATE: Because of the ominous weather forecast, the Jets will provide an update at 1 p.m. with regard to the Hofstra practice.

Thursday in ... Hempstead, L.I.:

• Yeah, that's right, Hempstead. The Jets return to their old home for their annual practice at Hofstra, a public-relations move for their fan base on Long Island. Hofstra was the Jets' year-round home for four decades before they moved to Florham Park, N.J., in 2008, Eric Mangini's final season. (Man, does that seem long ago or what?)

Thursday night's practice starts at 6 p.m. at Shuart Stadium, where, once upon a time, Hofstra used to play football. Don't expect to see any tackling or hitting; this is basically a glorified walk-through. It will last about 90 minutes. The Jets scheduled it on a Thursday (two days before facing the Giants) for just that reason; they wanted it to be a light, get-in-and-get-out practice. Gates open at 4 p.m. and admission is free.

• Training camp is over, although it never really felt like training camp with no two-a-days. After Saturday night's game, the Jets will cut the roster to 80 (Tuesday is the deadline) and resume practice Monday and Tuesday. Practices are now closed to the media, save for a 30-minute window at the start, which means you won't be getting a steady stream of practice updates. Such is life in the NFL.