Jets first-round pick Calvin Pryor was cleared for contact Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean you should expect to see the hard-hitting safety when the team takes the field Thursday.
“Calvin Pryor, he is [cleared for contact] and physically ready to play, but I don’t know, I don’t anticipate playing him in this preseason game,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s a lot of work getting back and getting him up to speed for the next one.”
Pryor suffered a concussion early in training camp and has been out of action for over a week. The team’s top pick was expected to compete for a starting role immediately in 2014.
Antonio Allen and Dewan Landry will likely start at the two safety spots against the Colts in the preseason opener at MetLife Stadium (Thursday, 7 p.m., CBS).
Ryan said he does expect Pryor to get some time against Cincinnati, when the two teams play on Aug. 16 in the Jets' second preseason game.
“We have kind of waited this long, so let’s just give him a fresh start and make sure that everything is good,” Ryan said Tuesday. “We have a couple of training camp days, and then he’ll get ready to play Cincinnati, so I think that will be good for him. I was debating whether we throw him in there but, at the end of the day, let’s just take the cautious approach and give him a couple of days and let him have at it next week.”
Pryor was cleared to get back on the field for non-contact action over the weekend.
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