Nick Mangold hurts ankle, but returns

Updated: October 8, 2012, 11:42 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets came into the Monday's game against the Texans with a depleted roster, and took another hit, as Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold left the third quarter with a right ankle injury but was able to return with the ankle wrapped.

It is the third straight week that the team has dealt with an injury to a key player. Two weeks ago, cornerback Darrelle Revis sustained an ACL tear, and last week, wide receiver Santonio Holmes suffered a season-ending foot injury.

Last season, Mangold missed two games with a high-ankle sprain, and the Jets lost those games to Oakland and Baltimore using then-rookie Colin Baxter as a fill in.

The Jets were down tight end Dustin Keller and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill already, and wide receiver Clyde Gates left the game with a shoulder injury and was soon ruled out. The Jets lost 23-17.

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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