Monday, January 3, 2011
Woody expected back for Colts
By Rich Cimini
The New York Jets are getting healthy at the right time.
RT Damien Woody, who missed the last three games after arthroscopic knee surgery, is expected to return for Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts. Woody still hasn't practiced, but he did some light work last week, apparently enough to convince Rex Ryan. The coach said he expects Woody to be ready for the Colts.
Woody, too, thinks so, tweeting Monday, "I'M BAAAACCKKK!!!!"
Veteran backup Wayne Hunter has done a solid job over the last three games, rebounding nicely from his three-sack nightmare against the Miami Dolphins and Cameron Wake -- the game in which Woody went down in the first quarter.
Right tackle is a critical position whenever you face the Colts because of the presence of speed rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, who usually lines up over the right tackle. If the right tackle can't handle Mathis, it's going to be a long day for the offense.
"I'm going to welcome him back with open arms," RG Brandon Moore said of Woody.
S Eric Smith, out the last three games with a concussion, also is expected to return. Presumably, he will go back to the starting lineup, opposite Brodney Pool. Smith is a key player because he knows the defense and can make adjustments on the field. It'll be interesting to see what becomes of CB/S Dwight Lowery, who recorded an interception in each of the last two games.
The Jets begin practice on Tuesday. They will practice Wednesday and Thursday, and travel to Indianapolis on Friday.