Saturday, October 15, 2011
Nick Mangold likely to play vs. Dolphins
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets center Nick Mangold is questionable for Monday night against the Miami Dolphins, but Jets coach Rex Ryan has said that he expects the All-Pro to play.
Mangold didn't practice Thursday and was limited Friday and Saturday due to an ailing ankle.
Jets defensive lineman Ropati Pitoitua, cornerback Donald Strickland and cornerback Isaiah Trufant will not play, the team announced Saturday afternoon.
Pitoitua (knee) normally rotates in along the Jets' defensive front. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine intimated after Friday's practice that rookie Kenrick Ellis, the team's third-round pick out of Hampton who has yet to be active for a game this season, could make his NFL debut Monday.
The Jets also signed defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu off the practice squad earlier this week, so he could be another option to replace Pitoitua.
Strickland, who usually plays in nickel packages, is recovering from a concussion. He was limited the last couple days after wearing a red no-contract jersey earlier in the week during practice.
Trufant, a key contributor on special teams, has a hamstring issue.
Wide receiver Logan Payne is still out with a wrist injury. He has not played a game so far this season.
Mike Mazzeo is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.