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Wednesday: Early practice notes

After a one-day break, the New York Jets returned to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparation for the New England Patriots.

On the injury front, S Brodney Pool (sprained out), who missed the opener, participated at the outset. If he's a full participant -- we'll get a practice report afterward -- it'll be the first full practice for him since getting hurt in the third pre-season game.

LB Calvin Pace (foot surgery) was nowhere to be found. Clearly, he's not ready to play this week. This will be his third week out of action. The Jets are holding out hope he can play next week in Miami.

The two newest Jets, DT Howard Green and WR David Clowney, were on the field, practicing. Braylon Edwards was razzing Clowney, asking if he lost some speed during his layoff. Clowney was a victim of the final cutdown.

It will be interesting to get special teams coach Mike Westhoff's take on Clowney's return. Westhoff, critical of Clowney throughout the "Hard Knocks" series, ripped him last week in a Q & A with beat writers. In that session, Westhoff said he wanted to cut Clowney two years ago.

Clowney's return is a sign that the Jets want more vertical speed on offense. On Tuesday, Rex Ryan said he wanted to stretch the field with more deep passes. If Clowney has a forte, it's as a deep threat.