FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The bye week was good for the Jets, who return healthy and with a little pep in their step. Only two players were limited in practice and the good news for head coach Rex Ryan is that both should be available this Sunday at Buffalo.
Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was limited with a calf injury as was cornerback Darrin Walls, but both players were able to do certain parts of practice. Given the Jets relative lack of depth in the secondary, the health of Jarrett and Walls is certainly good news for the defensive backend.
Walls is the most serious injury as he’s missed the last two games, including the Week 10 win over the Steelers. Sources say that Walls stayed at the team facility over the bye week to get extra time in rehabbing to be ready for this game.
It appears to have paid off.
“I think Walls will be able to go,” Ryan said. “That’s my opinion right now. We’ll see how he feels but he looks pretty good out there.”
The news about Jarrett is worrisome but likely won’t keep him away from playing at the Bills on Sunday.
“I don’t believe that he’s going to be affected. He’s got a calf injury,” Ryan said. “I don’t think it will affect him. I think he will be fine.”
Ryan added, “I don’t think it’s a major issue.”
In the Week 10 win, Jarrett recorded two interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery in his first start of the season. The safety was the final player signed by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
– With the recent snowfall in Buffalo, the Bills have been unable to practice since Monday, a condition that is an obviously advantage to the Jets. But since these two teams played against each other on Oct. 26, Ryan doesn’t see it as a huge issue.
“Obviously it’s not an ideal situation, for sure. Knowing a common opponent, their plan is not going to change a whole lot, deviate from what it was,” Ryan said. “The last time they played us, their quarterback had a 140 rating and [we had] six turnovers.”
– Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, held out of Monday’s practice due to illness, practiced in full on Wednesday.