FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – It doesn't appear that Muhammad Wilkerson will be rushed back anytime soon as the New York Jets defensive end missed a second straight day of training camp on Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
Wilkerson, who missed about half of Sunday's session with the aforementioned injury, stretched with the team but did not participate in drills. Instead, he was limited to the rehab area where he stretched some more and rode the stationary bicycle. With the Jets off on Monday, Wilkerson did not practice with the team yesterday or today, a trend that may play out for the rest of the week.
Head coach Todd Bowles was typically low-key when it came to giving an update on Wilkerson, who is in the final year of his rookie contract.
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“No setbacks, still day-to-day,” Bowles said on Wednesday.
“It's starting out the beginning of training camp, guys are going to be a little tight, and a little sore. So you just want to err on the side of caution than you would the other side, throwing him out there since it's early in camp.”
The Jets might as well sit him through the week including Saturday's Green & White Scrimmage held at MetLife Stadium.
→ It was a good day from running back Chris Ivory who was tough to stop in the live goal line session. The team's leading rusher last year, Ivory runs with a fierce, combative style that is borderline bruising.
“He's a hard worker. He doesn't say much, he comes keeps his head down. Grinds every day,” Bowles said. “He's where he's supposed to be. He's a good blocker, teaching him how to be a better receiver, he has some decent hands. Just concentrating a little bit more but running the ball isn't a problem for him.”
→ After a rough performance on Tuesday, quarterback Geno Smith bounced back on Wednesday. He threw better balls and had a perfectly placed pass to Eric Decker for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
It wasn't perfect, his accuracy and ball placement is still erratic at times but he showed some resiliency in bouncing back from a pretty bad Tuesday.
→ The Jets entertained roughly 1,500 children as part of their Camp Day. One child yelled out “Go Giants!” and got lustily booed, including a young boy who stood up and responded with “Who is the fool who said that?” The next generation of Jetsfandom is born.