FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Calvin Pryor might miss the next few days of training camp, causing the New York Jets safety to be a possible scratch for the Friday night preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Sunday that Pryor missed the day and will likely miss the next few with a death in his family. It might make it impossible for him to be ready for the Jets second preseason game.
He has looked relatively solid in training camp, showing good mobility and a better grasp of the speed of play in the NFL.
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“He had a personal thing he had to deal with,” Bowles said. “He'll be out quite a few days.”
And that makes anything before Friday's preseason game an unlikely return date for Pryor.
“Probably not, he had a death in the family and he had to go tend to some personal stuff so he won't be back for a couple of days,” Bowles said. “I don't know if he'll get enough reps to play in the game.”
→ Cornerback Antonio Cromartie left practice briefly with an arm injury but later returned to the field. Bowles said that there was no issue for his All-Pro cornerback.
→ Late in practice, offensive lineman James Brewer walked off the field into the team's facility with a trainer at his side. He did not return to practice.
Brewer “had a stiff back” according to Bowles.
→ There was another fight in camp and once the melee was broken up, the team had to run gassers. Last week when a similar set of fisticuffs occurred, the team ran three gassers and then returned to practice.
On Sunday, it was five suicide runs for the fight and then a quick team meeting on the field. Bowles pointed out nose tackle Damon Harrison, nicknamed 'Snacks' by former head coach Rex Ryan, as one of the culprits. A later tussle included backup center Dalton Freeman and outside linebacker Jason Babin.
“Arguments [are] fine, you want to make sure you don't cheap-shot nobody. Half of them don't want to throw a punch, the other half don't want to be hit. The talking and everything is fine; Snacks is practicing to be an auctioneer and talk at an auction when he's done,” Bowles said.
“The rest of it, it's training camp. It was a good, spirited practice.”