Mike DeVito out with knee sprain

Updated: November 29, 2011, 3:16 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets will begin their December playoff chase without defensive end Mike DeVito, who sprained his left knee in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.

DeVito, one of their top run stuffers, injured his MCL and won't play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, coach Rex Ryan said Monday. The Jets' coach didn't give a prognosis, but a sprained MCL usually is a two- to three-week injury.

A month ago, DeVito sprained the MCL in his right knee -- a practice injury -- and he ended up missing two games. It would've been three games, but there was a bye sandwiched in between.

DeVito was hurt on the Bills' first drive of the third quarter. Buffalo right tackle Erik Pears, on the backside of a running play, went at DeVito's knees with a cut block. His left knee seemed to buckle as he tried to elude Pears and pursue the play.

DeVito limped to the sideline and didn't return.

This is a tough blow for the Jets' defense, which nearly blew a late-game lead for the second straight week. Without DeVito, they will have to use rookie defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, a seldom-used third-round pick. Ellis was a healthy scratch against the Bills and has appeared in only three games.

DeVito's injury also will mean more playing time for backups Marcus Dixon and Ropati Pitoitua. They should be able to get by this week, as the Redskins (4-7) are ranked 31st in rushing offense.

Elsewhere, the Jets released safety Emanuel Cook Monday and will promote safety Tracy Wilson from the practice squad.

Cook, signed last December for his fourth stint with the Jets, played primarily on special teams and recovered a muffed squib kick by Buffalo on Sunday. He had five tackles this season, all on special teams.

Wilson, an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois, is "possibly the hardest-working guy on this team," Ryan said Monday.

The Jets have also re-signed linebacker Ricky Sapp to the practice squad after releasing linebacker Eddie Jones.

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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