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Plaxico Burress says he'll play Sunday

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress practiced fully on Friday and confirmed that he will play against the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

"I'm fine," said Burress, who missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a balky lower back. He is officially listed as probable on the injury report.

Burress' back became a concern leading up to the Jets' victory in Buffalo last Sunday. He said he almost didn't play.

The 34-year-old veteran leads the team with five touchdowns. He has also has 23 receptions for 322 yards.

His presence -- especially in the red zone -- will be an important one, as the Jets look to exploit New England's 32nd-ranked pass defense.

Safety Brodney Pool is questionable with a sprained knee. He didn't practice Friday, and it appears as though he may not be ready in time for Sunday night's game. Pool plays a lot on passing downs.

On a positive note, kick returner Joe McKnight (sprained toe) says he'll be able to play.

"I feel good. I had a full day of practice," McKnight said Friday.

McKnight, who is listed as probable, leads the NFL with a 40.2-yard per kick return average. He doesn't expect the injury to affect him going forward.

"It's Patriot week. We need this win to be No. 1, so I just want to go out there and give it my all," McKnight said.

Both teams (5-3) come in tied for the division lead with the Bills.

Defensive end Mike DeVito, who missed the team's win over the Buffalo with a knee sprain, said he feels "100 percent" and will play.

"After two days of treatment Monday and Tuesday, I felt really good coming in Wednesday for practice," said DeVito, one of the team's best run stuffers.

Right tackle Wayne Hunter (finger) is probable. Hunter said he dislocated a finger on his left hand during the team's victory over the San Diego Chargers three weeks ago. He has been wearing a splint ever since. He says it's not a concern and thinks it'll be fine.

Tight end Shawn Nelson (illness) is questionable.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.