Nick Mangold likely in; Mike DeVito iffy

Updated: October 21, 2011, 9:14 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets will likely have the services of center Nick Mangold on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. But defensive tackle Mike DeVito may be sidelined.

Mangold (ankle) was limited Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday's practices, but he is expected to play. DeVito (knee), on the other hand, missed Friday's practice and will likely be a game-time decision, coach Rex Ryan said. Both were listed as questionable.

Ryan said DeVito got caught in a pile during Thursday's practice. He left for a while before coming back and finishing the session. But on Friday morning, DeVito's knee was sore, so Ryan held him out. Ryan said DeVito underwent an MRI, which revealed no structural damage.

If DeVito can't play, Ryan said rookie Kenrick Ellis would probably start in his place. Ellis, the team's third-round pick out of Hampton, made his NFL debut on Monday night against the Miami Dolphins after being inactive for the five weeks of the season. He is known for his run-stopping ability.

Cornerback Isaiah Trufant (hamstring) is out, Ryan said, as is wide receiver Logan Payne (wrist). Trufant missed the entire week of practice. He did not play against the Dolphins. Payne, still recovering from surgery, hasn't played yet this season.

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (groin) and defensive lineman Ropati Pitoitua (knee) practiced fully and were listed as probable. Both were limited Thursday.

Mike Mazzeo is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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