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Sunday, October 23, 2011
David Harris hurts ankle but returns

By Jane McManus
ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets linebacker David Harris and starting defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis both sustained ankle injuries in the first half of a home game against San Diego, but Harris was able to return in the second half of the Jets' 27-21 win.

Ellis did not return.

He was in the second active game of his career after being tapped to start in place of veteran Mike DeVito, who hurt his knee in Thursday's practice. Ellis left the game in the first quarter.

Harris, a quiet but pivotal player for the Jets defense, was hurt in the second quarter after Chargers running back Ryan Mathews gained one yard on a run. San Diego scored after Harris left, punching in the ball on the third play from the 1 yard line to go up 21-10.

Harris returned for the second defensive series of the second half for the Jets.

San Diego left tackle Marcus McNeill and Mathews both returned late in the second quarter after leaving with injuries.

McNeill went down on a running play with an undisclosed injury, but eventually walked to the sideline and sat on the Chargers' bench. He was replaced by Brandyn Dombrowski before coming back in for San Diego's third series of the half.

Early in the second period, Mathews went back to the locker room with a thumb injury, but he also came back on that third series.

Also, Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson left the game in the fourth quarter with an illness. The Jets did not specify the nature.

"I woke up this morning feeling pretty bad, but was able to push through as long as I could," Tomlinson said. "I basically didn't have any energy and the flu really just took over."

Tomlinson finished with five rushes for 14 yards and three receptions for 37. He went over 600 career catches, but it was his backfield partner, Shonn Greene, who had the biggest impact with 112 yards rushing, averaging 5.6 yards a carry.

Jets coach Rex Ryan praised LT for even getting on the field.

"Before the game, he was ill, it looked like NASCAR coming in," Ryan said. "Like getting four tires and gas, they were all working on him."

Jane McManus is a columnist and reporter for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.