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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Sources: Powell has dislocated shoulder

By Rich Cimini

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets will be down one, possibly two running backs next Sunday when they face the Patriots.

Backup RB Bilal Powell, also their third-down back, suffered a dislocated shoulder in the third quarter of Sunday's 35-9 win over the Colts, according to league sources. Powell, who will have an MRI exam Monday, will miss at least one game.

Two plays after Powell's injury, third-string RB Joe McKnight left with an ankle injury. It occurred on his 61-yard run, the Jets' longest run in three years. McKnight's status for next week was unclear after the game.

Bilal Powell
Bilal Powell
Right now, the only healthy backs are Shonn Greene and rookie Jonathan Grimes, whom they recently acquired on waivers.

PICK SIX TIMES TWO -- NOT: Antonio Cromartie almost had two interception returns for touchdowns -- well, sort of almost.

Cromartie intercepted QB Andrew Luck at the Colts' 33 and returned it for a touchdown, but it was called back because LB Aaron Maybin was flagged for a personal foul on the return. Maybin made a "great block" on Luck, according to Rex Ryan, but Maybin was guilty of extracurricular activity.

"You can't give him the business after the play," Ryan said.

In the second quarter, Cromartie stepped in front of a pass for Reggie Wayne and returned it 76 yards, but the touchdown was nullified because of pass interference.

"They say I grabbed him," Cromartie said. "As I looked at it on the JumboTron, I did kind of pull him."

Ryan was livid and argued the call. Afterward, he acknowledged that he "might disagree a little bit" with that call. Cromartie finished with three penalties, but he also held Wayne to three catches for 32 yards (he had two catches that weren't on Cromartie).

"There's a fine line," Ryan said. "You have to stay aggressive, and I thought Cro did. He was penalized, but when you're going against a great player like Reggie Wayne, I thought it was great competition out there."

HAPPY RETURNS: TE Dustin Keller returned from a four-week hamstring injury, rookie WR Stephen Hill from a two-week hamstring injury. Hill made a bigger impact in the passing game than Keller, catching a 5-yard TD pass.

Hill ran an in-cut in the back of the end zone, but he stopped short and broke his route back to the outside. S Tom Zbikowski had terrific coverage, but QB Mark Sanchez found a tight window.

"It was weird because once we saw how the defense was playing, some way, somehow, me and Mark just got on the same page just that quick," said Hall, who hadn't caught a pass since Week 1. "It was a planned route, but where he threw it wasn't planned. But it was just like we knew. We just knew."

Keller was used mostly as a blocker. He was targeted only once -- a 6-yard reception. He reported no problems with his hamstring.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Jets went turnover-free for the first time in 17 games. ... Ex-Colts DT Daniel Muir made his Jets debut and recorded a tackle. ... Rookie S Antonio Allen, signed Friday off the practice squad, made his NFL debut and recorded a sack. ... The Jets rushed for 252 yards, their most since the 2010 season finale, when they ran for 276 against the Bills. It was the eighth 200-yard day under Ryan. ... The offense went 5-for-5 in the red zone. ... CB Ellis Lankster recorded the first interception of his career.