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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Plaxico Burress in, Mike DeVito out

By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The New York Jets had wide receiver Plaxico Burress in their lineup for Sunday afternoon's 27-11 win against the Buffalo Bills. They didn't, however, have defensive linemen Mike DeVito and Kenrick Ellis.

DeVito and Ellis were both on the inactive list released by the team about 90 minutes before the 1 p.m. kickoff.

DeVito, one of the Jets' best run-stuffers, went through a blocking drill with coach Rex Ryan prior to the game, but apparently wasn't well enough to go. He's currently bothered by a sprained knee, which caused him to miss the Jets' 27-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers two weeks ago. Ellis sprained his ankle in the first quarter of the Jets' win against San Diego.

Both players were listed as questionable on Friday after being limited in New York's final two practices of the week.

Ryan didn't sound optimistic about their chances of playing when asked about DeVito and Ellis on Friday. He said if the game were on Saturday, they probably wouldn't play.

Marcus Dixon mad his third NFL start in place of DeVito.

The Jets only had five healthy defensive linemen against Buffalo: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sione Pouha, Dixon, Martin Tevaseu and Ropati Pitoitua.

Burress was dealing with lower back trouble coming off the team's Week 8 bye, but he received heat treatment this week and will play.

The 34-year-old has 18 catches for 243 yards and five touchdowns this season -- three of those TDs came Week 7 against San Diego.

Other Jets inactives Sunday include quarterback Kevin O'Connell, wide receiver Eron Riley, running back Bilal Powell, cornerback Isaiah Trufant and tight end Shawn Nelson.

Meanwhile, Bills outside linebacker Chris Kelsay is inactive.

Kelsay missed his third game in the last four because of a nagging calf injury. He played last Sunday against Washington, and practiced Wednesday before being limited the rest of the week.

Receiver Donald Jones returned for the Bills after missing the past two games because of an ankle injury, and offensive lineman Chris Hairston is back after missing the Redskins game.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.