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Notebook: Greene toughs it out

11/28/2011

Shonn Greene, still bothered by the rib injury he suffered two weeks ago in Denver, delivered a gutty performance Sunday against the Bills.

"It looked like a bunch (of pain)," Rex Ryan said Monday. "He was getting up (slowly) like Jim Brown every time. But, hopefully, he'll get better and better as the week goes on, and hopefully that pain will be behind him. It was clear that he was in discomfort, for sure."

Greene enjoyed one of his most productive days, rushing 13 times for 78 yards (6.0 average), catching three passes for 12 yards and making a key block on Mark Sanchez's game-winning TD pass to Santonio Holmes.

Backup RB Joe McKnight had seven touches. It'll be interesting to see how they divide the workload if LaDainian Tomlinson (sprained knee) returns this week, which is possible.

JORDAN-ESQUE: NT Sione Pouha said Plaxico Burress' acrobatic catch on the game-winning drive was Jordan-like.

"I describe it as one of those spectacular Michael Jordan dunks," Pouha said. "When he gets the ball out in the open, you want to be amazed but you can't be amazed because it's Michael Jordan. Same with Plaxico. You want to be amazed, but you're like, 'Oh, it's Plaxico.'"

Interestingly, Burress said he didn't think Sanchez made a wise throw. It came on a cornerback blitz.

"I didn't think it was a good choice, but he's our quarterback, he made the signal and he put it in a place where only I could get it, obviously," Burress said Monday on 1050 ESPN New York.

Burress said the Bills used a blitz they hadn't seen, which "actually kind of fooled both of us." Once the corner blitzed, Burress was picked up by a safety, with another safety over the top.

KUDOS: Ryan singled out WR Patrick Turner, LB Aaron Maybin (six QB hits, two sacks), Pouha, LB David Harris and P T.J. Conley for exceptional performances. Turner turned in perhaps the best blocking game by a receiver this season, according to Ryan.