Friday, September 20, 2013
Injury report: Jets healthy for Bills
By Jane McManus
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).