Jets' Brandon Moore plans to play

Updated: December 9, 2011, 6:15 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Despite missing all three practices this week, right guard Brandon Moore will be ready to play on Sunday when the New York Jets host the Kansas City Chiefs.

Moore, who had surgery on both hips last February, said an MRI and X-rays have shown the soreness he is experiencing is normal, and that he will just have to find a way to manage it for the duration of the season.

"I feel a little odd not being out there, at least moving around," Moore said Friday. "I've been limited in practice before, maybe not taken as many reps in previous season from an injury or something, but never completely being out for a whole week. It's more mental, maybe more film, turning your brain on a little more than in the past and working through things in your head.

"I'll get out there on Sunday before the game and go through everything on the field, warming up, and come back in and get ready for the game."

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Moore will get to Metlife Stadium early to run through some drills to test his movement.

"I want to make sure that he feels like he can not just protect himself, but he can function at a high level like he always does," Ryan said.

Ryan said rookie Caleb Schlauderaff will be the starter if Moore experiences any pain or hesitation.

"We all know who Brandon is. He's a stud," guard Matt Slauson said. "We're all sure he's going to play. He's been playing through it for the last couple weeks and now it's been like, 'OK enough is enough, I've got to do something about it.'"

Moore, 31, did not practice for much of training camp, and didn't start running after the surgery until August. In some ways, he's fortunate to have felt so good for so long.

To maintain his comfort level, Moore could have a different practice schedule for the rest of the season. In past seasons, Ryan has given veterans like LaDainian Tomlinson an extra practice off each week to rest. Moore said that could be a possibility, but he can't envision playing with no practice at all.

"I don't think the rest of the weeks will be like this, but we'll work that out," Moore said.

Starting defensive lineman Mike DeVito has been working on the sideline all week with a knee injury, and it looks like he will be out for the second straight week. Ryan said he wasn't going to officially declare DeVito out yet.

"He comes to practice every day, so you don't want to just rule him out," Ryan said. "But then he says, 'Please give me another day, please give me another day.' OK. Doubtful. I don't see it. But the guy is working his tail off to get back out there."

Joe McKnight, the second-year running back and kick returner, is questionable, but Ryan did say that rookie Bilal Powell would be active. Ryan said McKnight, who hyperextended the elbow on his right arm, would be a game-time decision.

"His right arm is still like twice the size of his left arm," a joking Ryan said of McKnight. "No, it's not. It's actually going down, though. I think it started that way, but the swelling is coming out of it so we'll see how it is."

Backup defensive lineman Marcus Dixon (hip) is also questionable, while safety Eric Smith (knee) was limited in practice but probable for the game.

Jane McManus is a columnist and reporter for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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