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Sometimes practicing against your own defense or offense hones your skills, for example NT Kris Jenkins and C Nick Mangold had some epic clashes in training camp last season. Other times, it takes you out of the game.
That's what apparently happened with DE Mike DeVito's knee the Thursday before the win over the Chargers. DeVito could be out again this week after missing practice again with the knee, coach Rex Ryan said. DeVito made a brief appearance in the locker room today. Asked if he was at least able to get back the guy who did it to him, DeVito turned.
“He got traded, or he left — he went to SanDiego,” DeVito said as he walked to a meeting.
In other words, thanks Colin Baxter.
Mystery solved: In the press release announcing WR Michael Campbell returned to the Jets roster, there was the additional item -- WR Scotty McKnight was placed on practice squad IR with a torn ACL. Ryan explained what happened in his press conference this morning.
"It was really unfortunate. In practice he ran a route, broke across the middle, caught a ball and then went down," Ryan said. "It looks like he has a significant knee injury, obviously, an ACL injury, and that’s just unfortunate. The young man really is working hard and I thought was really improving. It’s just unfortunate."
If there is a silver lining, it would be that McKnight has more time to spend with his girlfriend, actress Hayden Panettiere, and that he still counts Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez as one of his best pals.
Missing Brad: The Jets didn't hold onto wide receiver Brad Smith during the chaotic free agency period late this summer. Buffalo snatched up the former quarterback. It's a loss that Ryan lamented Wednesday.
"Brad is the best Wildcat quarterback in the league, or Wildcat running back," Ryan said. "With Brad, it’s quarterback, because you have to defend the pass, as well. Obviously, Joe McKnight’s done a great job on kick returns, but Brad is a super player. We hated to see him leave, but sometimes that happens. You have 19 unsigned free agents. We knew it was going to be a challenge, but we definitely wanted Brad back. Unfortunately, we were unable to sign him."
Mangold needed the bye: After a high ankle sprain took him out of the Oakland game, Mangold used his bye to heal the tricky injury and practiced, albeit limited, on the first Wednesday since the injury.
"It was huge for me," Mangold said. "I got some rest some rehab, I was able to come out and practice on Wednesday, good progress."
When told that Sanchez mentioned he was still experiencing some pain before the bye, Mangold joked.
"With Mark behind me there's always some discomfort," Mangold said. "Thorn in my side."