Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Brandon Moore (hip) expected to play
By Jane McManus
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Brandon Moore missed New York Jets practice Wednesday with a hip injury, and when asked if it was the same hip he underwent surgery to fix, coach Rex Ryan revealed that both of the offensive lineman's hips were operated on in February.
"So to answer the question, yes," Ryan said.
That said, Ryan said that he expected Moore to play on Sunday. Moore missed a good chunk of training camp practices while still recovering from the hip surgery.
There must be some level of concern on the Jets' part, considering the team's lack of experienced backups, but Ryan downplayed the significance of trying out veteran guard Chester Pitts, a free agent, on Tuesday. Ryan said that general manager Mike Tannenbaum works players out on a regular basis. Caleb Schlauderaff and Vlad Ducasse would be candidates to step in if Moore had to miss time.
"We think Brandon will be out there," Ryan said.
Moore played the duration of the Jets' 34-19 win in Washington, and didn't appear to receive a time-consuming treatment afterwards. The Jets offensive line hasn't allowed a sack in two straight games after struggling at the start of the season.
Ryan was less optimistic about defensive end Mike DeVito, who has been dealing with a knee injury that has kept him out of some games.
"I don't feel near as confident about that one," Ryan said. "I know he's trying to do everything he can, he's out there in full pads, he's doing all that stuff. I don't want to say no but quietly we'll probably say very, very doubtful."
Cornerback Ellis Lankster didn't practice with a lower back injury.
The rest of the Jets practiced in some capacity. Running back and kick returner Joe McKnight was on the field and his right elbow, fallen on during the game, was in a special sleeve. McKnight said the MRI on his hyperextended elbow didn't show any structural damage, and that the issue now is pain and swelling. He practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, and said he was uncertain about his status for Sunday.
Both wide receivers Jeremy Kerley and LaDainian Tomlinson practiced fully with knee injuries.
Jane McManus covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.