Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Ellis won't discuss upcoming trial
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Second-year NT Kenrick Ellis, scheduled for trial next Tuesday in Hampton, Va., on a felony charge of malicious wounding, declined Wednesday to say whether the trial will cause him to miss any voluntary workouts.
In fact, Ellis refused to answer any questions about the trial or his case, repeatedly saying "it's a pending legal matter." After a few questions, a Jets PR official stepped in, asking that questions be limited to football only.
Ellis was arrested in April 2010 for an alleged incident that occurred while he was a student at Hampton. The trial was originally scheduled for last July, but was postponed twice. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. Because he's a non-U.S. citizen, born in Jamaica, Ellis is deportable if convicted of a felony, according to immigration law.
B.T. BACK: OLB Bryan Thomas, who tore his Achilles' tendon last October, said he's close to running full speed. His goal is to be 100 percent by the starting of training camp, which gives him two months. Thomas, who turns 33 on June 7, was an unrestricted free agent, but he re-signed for one year.
The Jets didn't add any experienced outside linebackers, so they're counting on him to return. After Calvin Pace and Thomas, they have Aaron Maybin, Garrett McIntyre and Ricky Sapp.
MOUTH THAT BORED: LB Bart Scott refused to talk with reporters, saying: "This is voluntary (workouts). I don't speak voluntary."
HAIRY PREDICAMENT: C Nick Mangold received some razzing from teammates for what he did Tuesday night. He got his chest waxed on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." Hmm, wonder if Vince Wilfork will bring that up next time they butt heads in the trenches.
Mangold said he didn't expect it. He said the producer asked him a couple of hours before the show.
"They said, 'Hey, want to do a little skit?'" Mangold said. "Like an idiot, I said yes."
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