LaDainian Tomlinson at Jets practice

Updated: December 1, 2011, 12:46 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets' inconsistent offense could receive a boost this week with the anticipated returns of running back LaDainian Tomlinson and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.

Tomlinson and Kerley, both of whom missed the past two games with sprained knees, returned to practice Wednesday as the Jets began preparation for a critical road game against the Washington Redskins.

Both Tomlinson and Kerley practiced fully, a strong indication they will be ready to return Sunday.

"I think [they] looked really, really good out there," coach Rex Ryan said. "They look fresh and ready to roll, so that's a good sign."

Tomlinson injured his medial collateral ligament on the final carry of the Jets' Nov. 13 loss to the New England Patriots.

He had hoped to miss only one game, but he suffered a couple of setbacks during his rehab. Presumably, he will slide back into his third-down role, backing up Shonn Greene, who's playing with sore ribs.

The presumptive future Hall of Famer is second on the team in rushing (167 yards) and fourth in receptions (25).

During Kerley's absence, the Jets used Patrick Turner as their No. 3 receiver, and he wound up making a key reception during last week's game-winning touchdown drive against the Buffalo Bills.

They missed Kerley the most as a punt returner. In two of the past three games, Joe McKnight and Antonio Cromartie muffed punts, critical turnovers that set up scores for the opposition.

Kerley is averaging 9.4 yards per return. He also has 17 receptions as the slot receiver.

As expected, defensive tackle Mike DeVito (sprained knee) didn't practice. DeVito, injured in the third quarter of Sunday's win, watched from the sideline. He's not expected to play Sunday.

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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