During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday...

The Jets have already faced this week's opponent once this season, a game we previewed here. Therefore, the focus of this preview will be what's changed since then.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for.

Quarterbacks

Over the last two weeks, Tom Brady has looked somewhat mortal. He failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in over three seasons in the loss to the Bengals and then followed that up by failing twice to drive the Patriots for the winning score against the New Orleans Saints. Unfortunately for Jets fans, the Saints gave him a third chance to win the game and he delivered. As much as he'd struggled over the previous two games, Brady's game winning touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins was perfectly placed and underlines that you can't give a player like him too many chances.

With injuries decimating his receiving corps, Brady has completed just 57% of his passes - a career low - and has a QB rating below 80 for the first time in his career. It should be an interesting test for Brady against a Jets secondary that has also under-performed expectations and has the potential to be a lot better than it has been so far.

Offensive Line

The starting lineup has remained consistent throughout the season for New England, but right guard Dan Connolly suffered a concussion early in last week's game and was replaced by Marcus Cannon. Cannon struggled, but Connolly - who is listed as questionable for today's game - hasn't been having a particularly good season either, so that's not necessarily a downgrade.

At tackle, both Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer have been having outstanding seasons. Center Ryan Wendell has been relatively ineffective. Logan Mankins has been solid, but does lead the team with four penalties.

Running Backs

With Shane Vereen still on temporary injured reserve, it was LaGarrette Blount who got the start in the most recent game. However, both Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley got twice as many reps as he did. Ridley rushed for 96 yards, while Bolden got most of the reps on passing downs and in the two minute drill(s).

Fullback James Develin has been averaging 20 snaps per game, but that may be because of the injuries they've been dealing with at tight end.

Leon Washington remains out with an ankle issue.

Receivers

The big news this week is the expected return of tight end Rob Gronkowski. Much of the focus has been on how the Jets will stop him in the passing game, but it's worth bearing in mind that he's a terrific run blocker and that could provide a boost to their running game which managed just 54 yards on 24 carries in week two against the Jets. How rusty he'll be remains to be seen.

Having missed the first meeting between the teams, Danny Amendola is out again after suffering a concussion last week. Julian Edelman replaced him in the slot last time, catching 13 passes for 78 yards. In the other five games, he's averaged 5.6 catches per game and dropped six passes.

The Patriots were hoping their rookies (Thompkins and Aaron Dobson) would step up and to an extent they have combining for 40 catches. However, they've also combined for 10 dropped passes. Thompkins is developing as a red zone threat. His game winner last week was his fourth touchdown of the season.

Veteran Austin Collie rounds out the rotation. He made his Pats debut last week, catching two passes on only nine snaps.

At tight end, ex-Jet Matthew Mulligan might find himself squeezed out of the rotation by Gronkowski's return. As a sign of how depleted they've been, blocking tight end Michael Hoomanawanui has already played just one snap less than all of last year including the postseason.

Defensive Line

The Patriots defense was healthy when they met the Jets in week two, but that's no longer the case. Vince Wilfork is out for the season and Tommy Kelly will miss today's game with a knee injury, leaving them very inexperienced up the middle. They tried to address that by signing Andre Neblett, who started seven games over the past three seasons for the Carolina Panthers, but it's unclear if he'll be ready to contribute.

Last week's starters were undrafted rookie Joe Vellano and sixth round pick Chris Jones. Vellano played every snap and Jones missed just 10. They've both been pushed around a little in the running game, but Jones did record 1.5 sacks against the Bengals two weeks ago.

At defensive end, Chandler Jones is off to another great start. He also had a great start last year, but his second half production plummeted after some injuries took their toll. He continues to come off the right side with Rob Ninkovich coming off the left side. They combined for two sacks and 11 pressures in the first meeting with the Jets. Seventh round pick Michael Buchanan has been getting backup reps.

Linebackers

Middle linebacker Jerod Mayo suffered a season ending injury in last week's game. This is a major loss despite the fact Mayo hasn't been playing well this year. Mayo typically plays every snap and wears the headset. Brandon Spikes and Dont'a Hightower are both healthy though, but neither has been an every down player all season.

Mayo's replacement is a mystery. The Patriots list their seventh round pick Steve Beauharnais as the starter, but he hasn't played a snap all season. Second round pick Jamie Collins would seem like the obvious choice. Another could be special teamer Dane Fletcher, although he hasn't played significant defensive reps since 2011. Ninkovich could play inside at times too.

Defensive Backs

Yet another injury blow for the Patriots has seen Aqib Talib listed as doubtful (and reportedly not making the trip) with a hip problem. Talib had been having an outstanding season, so that would be a major loss, even with Santonio Holmes and Kellen Winslow still out for the Jets. Alonzo Dennard remains in the starting lineup and Kyle Arrington continues to be virtually a full time player in the slot role. Dennard moves into the slot pretty regularly too, as the Patriots have been experimenting with a one-safety look at times.

That safety is Devin McCourty, a converted cornerback, who continues to thrive in a deep safety role. The other safety is Steve Gregory, who didn't start last week, but still played all but nine of the snaps.

Assuming Talib can't go, the Patriots could use third round pick Logan Ryan who was in the starting lineup for the first time last week.

Interestingly, the Patriots have only blitzed a defensive back ONCE all season.

Special Teams

There's no major changes on the special teams unit where Steven Gostkowski has made 16 of 17 field goals, Ryan Allen has the 11th best net punting average in the league, Edelman remains on punt returns and Blount is the kickoff return man with Washington out. All-Pro coverage man Matthew Slater is listed as questionable with a wrist injury.

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I'll be back tomorrow to recap the game!

Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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Daily News Live: Reffed Up 00:03:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the controversial "fumble" call on Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss.

 

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New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets assigned wide receiver Jalin Marshall to the practice squad on Monday after they waived him on Saturday.

Marshall, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, was waived to make room for cornerback Xavier Coleman on the team's active roster for Sunday's 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

The 22-year-old Marshall recorded 14 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games last season. He also returned 18 punts for 100 yards and 13 kickoffs for 324 yards.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The decision to turn an Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown on Sunday into a hard-to-explain fumble and touchback was a "clear and obvious" decision, according to the replay official who made the call.

Al Riveron, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, strongly defended his call in a conference call with reporters on Monday morning, one day after it impacted the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He said the reversal of the touchdown after a video review was absolutely the correct decision based on the rule, and he didn't see anything controversial about it.

"No doubt about it, it was clear and obvious," Riveron said. "And we use that (standard) for every replay. Unless it's clear and obvious to us, we will not change the ruling on the field, and this definitely met that criteria."

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Jets QB Josh McCown got off to a hot start on Sunday, but couldn't hold on to the lead as the Patriots earned the win on the road. 

The Jets jumped to a quick, 14-0 lead in the first half. However, the offense couldn't get anything going allowing Tom Brady to do what he does best and get the Pats the lead back. 

"Obviously we broke stride there and didn't keep pace the way we'd like," McCown told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "We have some short-yardage situations that we have to find a way to convert and be better at. We weren't converting and (we were) putting our defense right back out there. You can't give Tom (Brady) that many chances."

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)

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While much of the attention from the Jets' loss to the Patriots will be focused on the controversial overturned touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Jets only have themselves to blame for giving up 24 unanswered points and letting New England back into the game.

Nevertheless, they gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continued to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets sometimes seem like they've cornered the market on finding interesting new ways to lose. Five years ago, it was the infamous "Butt fumble." This time, it was a fumble that maybe, probably, never was.

But the differences between those two plays are as stark as the differences between those two teams. The "Butt fumble" was an embarrassment on Thanksgiving 2012 that turned Mark Sanchez and the Jets into a national joke. The fumble by Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sunday -- the "What fumble," as some have named it -- wasn't funny to anyone.

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 10/15 00:11:29
The Jets Post Game Overtime crew breaks down the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 6.

 

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Jets Post Game Live: Overturned 00:02:19
The crew on Jets Post Game Live gives its thoughts on Austin Seferian-Jenkins' overturned touchdown.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins rolled into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the official's arms went up, the Jets were just like everyone else in the building and watching on TV: They were sure they had just scored a touchdown.

And long after their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots, they were still shocked, confused and absolutely livid that the touchdown was overturned.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets lose 00:03:36
Ralph Vacchiano tries to make sense of the controversial decision to take away Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown against the Patriots.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets gave their fans quite a thrill for much longer than anyone expected. Not only were they battling for first place in Week 6 of what was supposed to be a lost season, they were leading for most of the first half.

The fact that the bubble burst on Sunday -- perhaps with a little help from the replay officials -- and the Jets ended up losing 24-17 may feel disheartening, but if ever a team could take a moral victory out of a loss, this would be the time. Yes, this was a blown opportunity for the Jets. Yes, they could've thrust themselves into a real, live playoff chase if they could only have held on to their 14-0 lead.

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Bowles and McCown on 24-17 loss 00:01:58
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown break down the team's 24-17 loss to the Patriots.

The Patriots escaped MetLife Stadium with a 24-17 win on Sunday after stopping Josh McCown and the Jets ' offense on a potential game-tying drive in the final minutes. >> Box score 

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Jeremy Kerley plays Pick Six 00:02:26
Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley plays Pick Six with SNY's Jeane Coakley before the Jets' home game against the Patriots.

 

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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Heading in to the 2017 season, the expectation was that the Jets would be one of the worst teams in the league and the Giants would be one of the best.

Well, the Jets are 3-2 and the injury-ravaged Giants are 0-5.

Click below for the video from The Ringer

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)

DE Muhammad Wilkerson will play in the Jets' Week 6 matchup with the Patriots, but RB Bilal Powell is among seven players who are inactive.

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Vacchiano's 3 keys to a Jets win 00:01:18
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets' victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The New England Patriots (3-2) vs. the Jets (3-2) at Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

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New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have waived wide receiver Jalin Marshal and promoted cornerback Xavier Coleman to the active roster from the practice squad, the team announced Saturday. 

Marshall had tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs before the season and was suspended four games by the the league. He was set to return from the suspension this week and had been practicing with the team. 

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) dances during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) dances during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Jets riding a three-game winning streak heading into Sunday's matchup against the Patriots, rookie safety Jamal Adams is excited to go against a division rival. 

"It's going to be a fun matchup, man," Adams told NorthJersey.com. "We just want to go out there and compete. We don't take it any different than the previous games. We don't look at it as a Super Bowl or anything. It's just another game in front of us and we have to go out there and compete." 

So far in his first season, Adams has 18 total tackles and one sack, but struggled at times in coverage during last week's game against the Browns. Head coach Todd Bowles has been impressed with the way Adams has worked to improve after Week 5.

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Jets prepare for Patriots 00:01:40
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice where the team looks to keep rolling in a divisional showdown with the Patriots on Sunday.

 

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 (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
(William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets RB Bilal Powell (calf) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe/shoulder) are listed as questionable and will be game-time decisions on Sunday against the Patriots, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday. 

Powel and Wilkerson missed practice the last three days.

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I think the Jets will be comfortable to give Powell the week off. With Forté back in the lineup and Elijah McGuire filling in adequately so far, it would make sense to give Powell another week to recover. New England's run defense has been shaky so far, but any Jets success in Sunday's game will likely hinge more on the offensive line than who carries the ball...

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:48
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Florham Park to get thoughts from the Jets on their upcoming matchup against a seemingly mortal Patriots team.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Remember when even some of the most diehard Jets fans were openly rooting for a full-tank, 0-16 season? And back then, even those who couldn't bring themselves to openly root against their team knew they'd be pleased if the Jets stumbled into the No. 1 overall pick.

Now they are 3-2, getting ready to face the hated New England Patriots, with first place in the AFC East on the line. The "tank" appears empty. The bandwagon is filling up...

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)

The Patriots are last in the NFL in yards allowed and passing yards, but Jets coach Todd Bowles looks past the numbers and sees a talented defense.

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Jets Game Plan: Patriots 00:05:13
The Jets Game Plan panel discusses the Jets' rivalry with the Patriots and how much Tom Brady has tormented Gang Green for years.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Tom Brady has taken a beating this season - far more than usual. In fact, the 40-year-old has already been sacked more times in five games this season than he was all of last year.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)

Jets RB Bilal Powell and DE Muhammad Wilkerson missed practice on Thursday for a second straight day.

Wilkerson played during the Jets' Week 5 win, with Powell injuring his calf during the game and leaving early.

"I'll be concerned at the end of the week," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said about Powell on Monday. "Right now, I'll see how the week goes, and hopefully, we can see some progress."

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Martin: Jets are playoff-bound 00:01:05
Former Jets RB Curtis Martin chats with Taylor Rooks about the possibility of the Jets making the playoffs.

The Jets will make the playoffs this season as a Wild Card team, former RB Curtis Martin said during an appearance on SNY's Timeout With Taylor Rooks podcast.

Martin added that he's not surprised with how the 3-2 team Jets have performed.

"No, I'm not surprised," he said. "I was banking on them being better than what most people thought."

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) walks out of the tunnel before an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (AP)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) walks out of the tunnel before an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (AP)

Jets CB Jamal Adams is reveling at the chance to potentially defeat Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday.

The Jets play host to the Patriots as both teams are part of a three-way tiet for the AFC East lead. The matchup, however, doesn't favor the Jets as Brady and company are projected to earn the win on the road. 

But Adams is primed to do the exact opposite: He wants to defeat the quarterback he refers to as the GOAT. 

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are riding high as the 3-2 Jets get ready to face their biggest rival, the New England Patriots. The guys discuss what the building is like when the Patriots are the next opponent, and what Josh McCown and the Jets need to do to beat New England. Plus, Manish Mehta of the Daily News hops on the phone to discuss the surprising offense and the job general manager Mike Maccagnan has done assembling this team.

Click below to listen!

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Jets prepare for the Patriots 00:02:23
SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice as the team prepares for their Week 6 matchup against the New England Patriots at home.

 

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Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball past New York Jets linebacker David Harris (52) during the first half of their game at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball past New York Jets linebacker David Harris (52) during the first half of their game at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets linebacker David Harris will be coming back to MetLife Stadium this Sunday for the first time as an opponent, but he won't get the warmest of greetings from his former head coach. 

"We're not going to kiss and go on a date. I'll say hi," Todd Bowles told reporters jokingly. "I don't think there's going to be time for no Dear Abby meetings on the football field."

However, Bowles did say how much Harris meant to the Jets during his time with the club. 

"David was a great leader when he was here," Bowles said. "Obviously, a class guy, great football player, great person, his work ethic was outstanding. You don't get those guys to come around often. David was one of those guys personally to me and he'll always be missed."

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(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots QB Tom Brady, who is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder, missed practice on Wednesday for a second straight day. 

He was on the field and uniform for warmups.

Brady, who was present at the team facility before practice began on Tuesday, later had an MRI on his shoulder that revealed the injury isn't serious, according to NBC Sports...

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson and RB Bilal Powell did not practice on Wednesday.

Wilkerson played during the Jets' Week 5 win, with Powell injuring his calf during the game and leaving early.

"I'll be concerned at the end of the week," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said about Powell on Monday. "Right now, I'll see how the week goes, and hopefully, we can see some progress."

RB Matt Forte, who missed last week's game due to a toe injury, returned to practice on a limited basis.

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