DeVito, McKnight likely to play

December, 14, 2011
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.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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