After missing two games with a sprained knee, DT Mike DeVito returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis and is expected to play Sunday against the Eagles.
"He looks pretty good," Rex Ryan said.
DeVito, one of their top run stuffers, participated in a 9-on-7 drill and was able to hold up against double-team blocking, according to Ryan -- an indication that DeVito's knee has regained its stability.
"It's huge," NT Sione Pouha said of DeVito's anticipated return to the lineup. "That's my right-hand man."
The Jets have struggled to replace DeVito. Two weeks ago, rookie Kenrick Ellis got the start, but he didn't play well and was a healthy scratch against the Chiefs -- a rather dramatic fall. Ropati Pitoitua started Sunday.
In other injury news, RB/KR Joe McKnight (hyperextended elbow) also is expected to play. He missed Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but he was a full-go Wednesday. Barring a setback, he'll return to his role as the primary kickoff returner.
The only question mark for Sunday, according to Ryan, is CB Marquice Cole (knee). He didn't practice. Without S Jim Leonhard (knee surgery) and, possibly, Cole, the Jets would be down to six healthy, experienced DBs. Isaiah Trufant and Ellis Lankster could be pressed into expanded roles.