New York Jets: 2013 NFL injury wire

Practice report: More Chris Ivory

October, 3, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Running back Chris Ivory appears to be working his way back onto the field, doing more work with his position mates in the portion of the New York Jets' practice that was open to the media. Ivory has been rehabilitating a hamstring he injured against the Buffalo Bills.

Whether or not he participated in team drills, Ivory gets an extra day to make up ground since the Jets will play on Monday night in Atlanta. Mike Goodson should be active for that game as well, meaning the team will have double the number of running backs at its disposal. Bilal Powell has been the leading back this season, while Alex Green has been the second option with Ivory out.

Receiver Stephen Hill (concussion) was on the field in his No. 84 jersey, but wore a baseball cap to stretch. Afterwards he rode the bike. Receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) was not on the field at all, and neither was cornerback Dee Milliner (hamstring).

Offensive lineman Oday Aboushi (knee) also rode the bike instead of practicing.

Stephen Hill diagnosed with concussion

September, 30, 2013
Tough season for the New York Jets' wide receivers.

Stephen Hill, who left the game Sunday after suffering a head injury on the second play, was diagnosed with a concussion, Rex Ryan announced Monday. The second-year receiver was evaluated again as part of the league's protocol on concussions. It means he probably won't play next Monday night when they face the Atlanta Falcons (1-3) on the road.

Fellow receiver Jeremy Kerley suffered a concussion in the opener and missed the next game.

Hill was drilled by Titans safety Michael Griffin on the second play of the game, an underthrown ball that was intercepted by cornerback Alterraun Verner. Surprisingly, there was no flag thrown on the play. Hill walked slowly off the field and was taken to the locker room for testing.

Ryan didn't comment on the legality of the hit, saying only that there was no penalty.

The Jets could be without their starting receivers in Atlanta, as Santonio Holmes pulled a hamstring in the fourth quarter. He, too, didn't return. Ryan provided no update on Holmes, who missed the preseason as he recovered from last season's foot surgery.

Hill is the second-leading receiver on the team, with 13 catches for 233 yards and one touchdown. He's only 19 yards shy of his rookie total. Holmes has 10 receptions for 243 yards and a touchdown.

If they can't play, the likely starters would be Kerley and Ben Obomanu or Clyde Gates, with rookie Ryan Spadola also available in reserve. They could try to sign veteran free agent David Nelson, whom they worked out last week.

There will be one returning player on offense -- RB Mike Goodson, who became eligible Monday to rejoin the team for practice. His four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy is over.

Injury report: Ivory (hamstring) sits again

September, 26, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Running back Chris Ivory, who injured his hamstring early in the win over the visiting Bills last weekend, didn’t practice again Thursday, making it less likely that he will be a full go this Sunday in Tennessee. Ivory also had a hamstring injury coming into Jets training camp.

Cornerback Dee Milliner also missed his second practice of the week.

Defensive end Quinton Coples and wide receiver Santonio Holmes had scheduled days off, but are expected to practice Friday.

Here’s the full practice report:


Did not practice: T Oday Aboushi (knee), DE Quinton Coples (ankle), WR Santonio Holmes (foot), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), CB Dee Milliner (hamstring).

Limited: WR Clyde Gates (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder), TE Kellen Winslow (knee).

Full: G Willie Colon (elbow), CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), WR Stephen Hill (knee), LB Garrett McIntyre (shoulder), QB Geno Smith (ankle).


Did not practice: LB Patrick Bailey (hamstring), LB Moise Fokou (neck), RB Shonn Greene (knee), DT Sammie Lee Hill (ankle), TE Delanie Walker (toe).

Limited: WR Kenny Britt (neck, ribs), T David Stewart (calf), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring).

Full: LB Zaviar Gooden (ankle).

Cornerback Dee Milliner misses practice

September, 26, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner was not at practice Thursday after injuring his hamstring in Wednesday's practice. The Jets did not release any information Wednesday about his injury, but his absence is not a good sign for Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Milliner said he felt he’d been held out for precautionary reasons, but wasn’t sure whether the coaching staff would have him play against Tennessee.

“I just had the Achilles last month and coming with this you get aggravated,” Milliner said. “But I’m going to be OK, like I said, stay at it and keep working.”

It’s been a choppy start for the rookie. The first-round draft pick held out of training camp and then missed his first practices in Cortland with a hamstring injury. Even before getting in a Jet uniform, Milliner had shoulder surgery in the stretch between his college season and his opening camp.

Milliner was benched following a poor performance in the first quarter against the New England Patriots in Week 2.

If Milliner isn’t available in Tennessee this Sunday, the Jets will look to Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls. Playing in place of Milliner last weekend, Wilson had a penalty-filled series that resulted in a brief benching of his own.

For a coach who has famously said you can never have too many cornerbacks, Rex Ryan could use a few more corners.

Running back Chris Ivory (hamstring), wide receiver Santonio Holmes, offensive lineman Oday Aboushi (knee), wide receiver Clyde Gates (knee) and defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis rode the bikes after stretching, although Gates returned kicks in special teams drills.

Jets inactives: Coples in, Sapp out

September, 22, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As expected, linebacker Quinton Coples is active and will make his 2013 debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.

Coples, four weeks removed from surgery to repair a fractured ankle, returned to the Jets after missing the first two games. To make room for him on the 46-man roster, linebacker Ricky Sapp was declared inactive.

Another notable deactivation is rookie wide receiver Ryan Spadola. With the return of Jeremy Kerley, who missed one game with a concussion, Spadola was deemed unnecessary. The Jets dressed five receivers, with Ben Obomanu as the fifth.

The Jets' other inactive players are QB Brady Quinn, G Will Campbell, OT Ben Ijalana, OT Oday Aboushi and LB Scott Solomon.

For the Bills, the news is that S Jairus Byrd (foot) is inactive. It's not a surprise, considering he hasn't played and was listed as questionable. The Bills will be down their top two starters in the secondary, as CB Stephon Gilmore (broken wrist) also is inactive.

The Bills' other inactives are K Dustin Hopkins, CB Ron Brooks, G Doug Legursky, WR Marquise Goodwin and TE Chris Gragg.

Injury report: Jets healthy for Bills

September, 20, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jeremy Kerley, who has been practicing without the red jersey this week, has been listed as probable for Sunday's game when the Jets host the Bills at MetLife Stadium.

Kerley suffered a concussion when the Jets hosted Tampa Bay in Week 1, and missed the Week 2 loss to New England.

“Watching that New England game was tough,” Kerley said, “but I had to take care of myself and make sure physically I was all right.”

Kerley, one of the Jets’ most reliable wide receivers, said that was his first concussion. He said he expects to return as the team’s slot receiver and to return to his responsibilities on special teams.

"Full go," Kerley said. "I'm back to all of my regular duties."

He wasn't the only Jet who will be back on the field after an injury.

Quinton Coples will suit up for the first time this season. Coach Rex Ryan announced the linebacker would be listed as probable for the game less than a month after he underwent a surgical procedure to correct a right ankle fracture.

"We feel probable that he's going to play," Ryan said. "In other words, he's playing."

Coples, in his second year with the Jets, has returned more quickly than Ryan seemed to anticipate after injuring his ankle in the Aug. 17 preseason game against Jacksonville. The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder returned to the practice field Monday, and increased the amount he was able to do throughout the week.

"That's probably a story in itself of a young man that is coming off surgery, what, three, four weeks ago?" Ryan said. I don't know how he's doing it but he's done it. So we'll see what he can do."

Ryan couldn't say how much he expected Coples to play, but given the Bills are a no-huddle team, Ryan said he would be substituting players on defense to keep them fresh.

"Well, now, is he going to play every snap? No. He's not going to play every snap. I don't anticipate that," Ryan said. "If he couldn't run out there and take care of himself and be at or near 100 percent, then he wouldn't be out there."

The one player who will be listed as out for the Bills game is rookie offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, who was not at practice. Aboushi injured his knee earlier in the week.

"It looked like a dislocated knee or something, but he's going to be fine," Ryan said.

Here's the full injury report:


Probable: G Willie Colon (knee), DE Quinton Coples (ankle), CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), WR Clyde Gates (knee), WR Stephen Hill (knee), WR Santonio Holmes (foot), T Austin Howard (ribs), WR Jeremy Kerley (concussion), LB Garrett McIntyre (knee), RB Bilal Powell (illness, shoulder), DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder), QB Geno Smith (ankle), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle), TE Kellen Winslow (knee).

Out: OL Oday Aboushi (knee).


Questionable: S Jairus Byrd (foot), G Doug Legursky (knee)

Out: CB Ron Brooks (foot), CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist), WR Marquise Goodwin (hand), K Dustin Hopkins (right groin).

Practice report: Getting healthy

September, 19, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- As Rex Ryan said on Wednesday, the Jets appear to be healthy heading into Sunday's game against Buffalo.

Linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle), wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion) and running back Bilal Powell (illness/shoulder) were all working during the portion of practice open to the media on Thursday.

Coples had his first official practice on Wednesday as he returned from a hairline fracture on his right ankle and the corresponding surgery. He was limited on Wednesday, and is uncertain whether he'll play this weekend.

Kerley returned to practice on Wednesday after being cleared by the medical staff. Kerley suffered a concussion and missed last Thursday's game against New England. He had a full practice Wednesday.

Powell missed Wednesday's practice with an illness. Powell leads the Jets with 77 rushing yards and has rushed for a score.

Tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) was also working during the open portion. He was limited Wednesday.

Coples uncertain for Sunday vs. Bills

September, 18, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets linebacker Quinton Coples was an official practice participant Wednesday, but was limited in his return from a hairline fracture in his right ankle after individual workouts during Monday's session.

Coples, who has not played since suffering the injury in the second preseason game Aug. 17, wasn't sure about seeing the field this weekend against the Buffalo Bills.

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AP Photo/Joe RobbinsJets LB Quinton Coples hasn't played since suffering a hairline ankle fracture Aug. 17.
"It's a trainer's and coach's decision," Coples said. "Whatever they tell me, I'll prepare for."

Jets coach Rex Ryan was just as uncertain about Coples' returning for Sunday's AFC East clash, noting that it's been just more than a month since Coples underwent surgery. The original timeline had Coples, the team's first-round pick in 2012, missing three to four weeks with the fracture.

Ryan indicated that Coples likely would be on a limited snap count if he's able to go against the Bills.

"Would it be full-time and all that? I wouldn't think so," Ryan said. "That's impressive that this kid was out there today even in a limited capacity."

Coples said he's taking it day by day, and he feels good thus far. He did more on Wednesday than he did Monday, when he was seen doing agility drills during the portion of practice open to the media. He constantly referred to the trainers and coaches having the final say in what happens.

"I'm just going by what they give me. At the end of the day, I think they know me more than I know myself," Coples said about his status for Sunday. "They've been dealing with this a lot more than I have -- it's my first injury, so I'm playing it by ear."

Coples is moving to a new position this season, from defensive lineman to outside linebacker. He said he doesn't believe he's missed much being sidelined these past two weeks, and that he has time to catch up.

He's looking forward to getting back on the field to help bolster an already stingy Jets defense.

"It's always a pleasure to go out there and play with my brothers," Coples said. "End of the day, I'm excited as well."

Still not there: Wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot) said he's still not 100 percent as he works himself back from the Lisfranc fracture and the corresponding surgery.

Holmes played a season-high 66 snaps against the Patriots last Thursday after playing 45 against the Buccaneers in the opener. He said he came out of the game fine. He has four catches for 64 yards on the season.

"I think based on [Jeremy] Kerley's injury, we had to go with what we had," Holmes said. "We had many opportunities, with the defense forcing a lot of three-and-outs on the Patriots, that there was a chance I'd play a lot. We just had to play with what we had to give ourselves a chance to win the ballgame."

Jets report: Kerley medically cleared

September, 18, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday after being cleared by the team's medical staff. He had a full practice.

"He's been cleared medically and that's why he was out there fully today," Jets coach Rex Ryan said.

Kerley suffered a hit to the head in the Jets' win over Tampa Bay on Sept. 8 and returned to the game. He was hit by three Buccaneers on that play, and safety Mark Barron was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the hit. Kerley played 39 snaps and caught three balls for 45 yards in the victory.

A Jets spokesman said last week Kerley passed an in-game test following the hit and later passed a postgame test. Kerley showed concussion-like symptoms the Monday after the game and was diagnosed with a concussion. He missed Thursday's loss to the Patriots and wore a red noncontact jersey at practice Monday.

If Kerley can play this weekend against Buffalo, it's a boost for the Jets' offense as well as their special teams. Kerley is the team's top slot receiver and its punt returner. The Jets didn't have a punt returner back for three New England punts in their 13-10 loss on Thursday night. Kerley averaged 10.95 yards per punt return last year and returned one for a touchdown.

Linebacker Quinton Coples had a limited practice Wednesday, the first time he's been listed on the injury report as a participant in practice since suffering a hairline fracture in his right ankle. Running back Bilal Powell missed practice with an illness.

Here's the full injury report:


Did not practice
RB Bilal Powell (illness/shoulder)

Limited practice
LB Quinton Coples (ankle)
WR Santonio Holmes (foot)
DT Kenrick Ellis (back)
DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder)
TE Kellen Winslow (knee)

Full practice
OG Willie Colon (knee)
CB Antonio Cromartie (hip)
WR Clyde Gates (knee)
WR Stephen Hill (knee)
OT Austin Howard (ribs)
WR Jeremy Kerley (concussion)
LB Garrett McIntyre (knee)
QB Geno Smith (ankle)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)


Did not practice
CB Ron Brooks (foot)
CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist)
WR Marquise Goodwin (hand)
K Dustin Hopkins (right groin)

Limited practice
S Jairus Byrd (foot)
OG Doug Legursky (knee)

Quinton Coples back in positional drills

September, 18, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets outside linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle) participated in positional drills during the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday.

This activity is the most he's done since suffering a hairline fracture to his right ankle Aug. 17. He did work off to the side on Monday.

Coples' return could be a good sign for Sunday's game against Buffalo, although we'll get a better idea of his status when the official injury report is released Thursday.

Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion), who missed Thursday's game against the Patriots, was not present during the early portion of practice but eventually came out and did individual work off to the side. Kerley was at practice Monday in a red noncontact jersey.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) was at practice and participating in the defensive lineman drills. Wilkerson injured his right ankle against the Patriots on Thursday but did individual work Monday.

Tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) appeared to be practicing despite this being his usual day off. Winslow is on a program where he doesn't practice on Wednesdays to help him get through the week, but his schedule may have been altered due to the team practicing Monday.

Wilkerson, Coples, Kerley at practice

September, 16, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- DL Muhammad Wilkerson, WR Jeremy Kerley and LB Quinton Coples all returned to Jets practice Monday morning. Kerley, who had been diagnosed with a concussion the day after the Tampa Bay game, wore a red non-contact jersey.

Wilkerson injured his right ankle in the fourth quarter against the Patriots, and coach Rex Ryan had said after the game he hoped it wasn’t a high ankle sprain. On Monday, Wilkerson participated in individual drills during the open portion of practice.

“I wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent back but I hope he’s ready to roll,” Ryan said of Wilkerson.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Wilkerson’s return is a good sign for the team, given the relative strength of the defensive line in early play this season. Wilkerson has been a key member of that line, and Coples (6-6, 290) is often used to bolster the end.

Coples sustained a hairline fracture to his right ankle during a preseason game against the Jaguars, and had a medical procedure the next week. The Jets had said he was out indefinitely, but Monday he did agility drills on the sideline while wearing an ankle wrap.

Ryan could not say definitively who could be available on Sunday.

“They’re definitely getting closer,” Ryan said. “But I think when you’re looking at Kerley’s situation, that’s a concussion so there’s a bunch of different hoops that he’s got to go through, different doctors and all that kind of stuff. With Quinton he just had surgery like three weeks ago but I know he has been doing an unbelievable job in his rehab. But that would be something if we can get him back. Now, I’m not sure how possible that is, but we’ll see.”

Given the number of drops, the sure hands of Kerley were missed last Sunday in Foxborough. Rookie starter Geno Smith had a 42.9 completion percentage, due in part to drops from Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates.

Notes: Jets could have 'salty' defense

September, 13, 2013
The New York Jets held Tom Brady to one of the worst statistical games of his career. Surprised? You shouldn't be, according to Rex Ryan.

"Is anybody surprised we play great defense?" Ryan asked Friday. "I mean, that doesn’t surprise anybody. It doesn’t surprise Jets' fans, it doesn't surprise our football team. We’ve got a lot of good fooball players, we’ve got an excellent coaching staff."

The Jets are off to a fast start, having allowed only 30 points over the first two games. Ryan predicted a top-five defense in training camp, and he's not backing down.

"By the end of the year, this team, it could be pretty salty on defense," he said. "I don’t think there’s any doubt about that."

Injury update: Ryan didn't provide an update on DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle), saying he's "not real sure" of the severity, if you can believe that. OLB Quinton Coples, who fractured his ankle in the preseason, is getting close to returning. There's some hope he could play next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. "We've got to get Coples back," Ryan said. "That's really going to help us." Ryan, sounding more and more like Bill Belichick with regard to injuries, declined to speculate on the availability of WR/PR Jeremy Kerley (concussion).

They need Kerley's punt-returning ability. The Patriots punted a staggering 11 times (registering more punts than first downs for the first time in the Bill Belichick era), but PR Kyle Wilson managed only seven return yards.

Odds and ends: Chris Ivory ran 11 times for 49 yards in the first three quarters, but he got only one carry in the fourth. Ryan said he had no issue with Marty Mornhinweg's play calling in the fourth quarter, claiming they want to remain balanced on offense. They ended up with 32 rushes and 39 pass plays. Said Ryan: "We were pretty balanced. I think that’s the kind of team we want to be. Should we have run it more? It’s easy to say, 'Oh, yeah, absolutely.' But I thought we had good balance." He acknowledged Ivory as running "extremely well."

A fine mess:S Dawan Landry was fined $21,000 for hitting Bucs WR Mike Williams in the head/neck area on his 17-yard TD reception last Sunday. Bucs S Dashon Goldson was fined $30,000 for his hit on TE Jeff Cumberland. S Mark Barron wasn't fined for his shot on Kerley, even though he was flagged for unnecessary roughness. And, of course, LB Lavonte David was hit with a $7,875 fine for shoving Jets quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds.

Wilkerson leaves on cart after ankle injury

September, 13, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the key members of the New York Jets' defensive front, Muhammad Wilkerson, left the game on a cart after sustaining an ankle injury.

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Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports"It's an ankle, but hopefully it's not a high ankle," Rex Ryan said of Muhammad Wilkerson's injury.
Initially booed by the Gillette Stadium crowd for going down in the fourth quarter, Wilkerson was able to leave the stadium on his own power after the 13-10 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night.

“[I] got carted off,” Wilkerson said. “Hopefully we see the X-rays and hopefully it’s good.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan said he was hopeful that his defensive end wasn’t too hurt.

“It’s an ankle, but hopefully it's not a high ankle," Ryan said. "I’m hoping it’s not."

Wilkerson left the locker room wearing a pair of slip-on shoes, but later had his right ankle wrapped with ice as he left the stadium.

“It’s a long season,” he said. “So I’m not too concerned.”

Injury report: No Kerley again

September, 10, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion) did not practice Tuesday and all signs point to him being inactive for Thursday's game against the Patriots. Kerley has not practiced the last two days after being hit in the head during Sunday's win against the Buccaneers.

Here's the full injury report:


Did not practice
WR Jeremy Kerley (concussion)
QB Mark Sanchez (right shoulder)
LB Quinton Coples (ankle)

Limited practice

TE Jeff Cumberland (chin)
DT Kenrick Ellis (back)
WR Santonio Holmes (foot)
C Nick Mangold (elbow)
DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder)
TE Kellen Winslow (knee)

Full practice

LB Nick Bellore (oblique)
OG Willie Colon (knee)
CB Antonio Cromartie (hip)
WR Clyde Gates (knee)
DT Damon Harrison (knee)
WR Stephen Hill (knee)
OT Ben Ijalana (knee)
RB Chris Ivory (thumb)
LB Garrett McIntyre (ribs)
CB Dee Milliner (hip)
RB Bilal Powell (shoulder)
QB Geno Smith (ankle)


Did not practice

RB Shane Vereen (wrist) * Vereen was placed on short-term injured reserve on Tuesday

Limited practice

WR Danny Amendola (groin)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring)
S Nate Ebner (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm)
S Duron Harmon (hamstring)
WR Matt Slater (knee)
TE Zach Sudfeld (hamstring)
OT Will Svitek (knee)
RB Leon Washington (thigh)

Full practice

CB Marquice Cole (hamstring)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (ankle)
RB Stevan Ridley (shoulder)

Practice report: Jets re-sign Obomanu

September, 10, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Unlike the Patriots, the Jets are practicing before Thursday's game.

The new face at practice on Tuesday was newly signed wide receiver Ben Obomanu, who was previously cut when the Jets made their final moves to get the roster to 53. His arrival all but signals that wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion) is not going to play against the Patriots on Thursday. He didn't go Monday or Tuesday after being hit in the head on Sunday.

To make space for Obomanu, the Jets cut linebacker Scott Solomon.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez (right shoulder) was at practice and was throwing left-handed once again, and hasn't departed the team yet to get the second opinion on his injured right shoulder. Sanchez will not play this Thursday against New England, the second straight game he will miss.

Linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle) was not practicing but worked with the trainers off to the side, an encouraging sign in his rehab after fracturing his ankle in August. Coples hasn't played yet.

The rest of the Jets who were on the injury report Monday all appeared to be doing work in some capacity, including center Nick Mangold (elbow), tight end Jeff Cumberland (chin), cornerback Dee Milliner (hip), running back Chris Ivory (thumb) and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (shoulder).