RB Bilal Powell, who missed last week's game due to a calf injury, practiced on Thursday and will return when the Jets face the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, head coach Todd Bowles said.
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) was the only Jets player who didn't practice on Thursday.
Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, and didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario.
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Powell should hopefully give a boost to the Jets' struggling running game, although I suspect the team's inability to get the running game going has more to do with how overmatched the Jets have been in the trenches.
Powell only had 37 yards on 15 carries against the Dolphins a few weeks ago, so it would be over-ambitious to expect him to come in and guarantee them top-level production, especially if he's not 100 percent.
Having missed the previous game, hopefully Powell will be fresh, and this will enable him to provide the Jets with some tough running into the fourth quarter, especially if he can split reps with Matt Forté and Elijah McGuire. If Powell can break a few tackles, he might be able to pick up some good yardage even on plays where the blocking upfront is less than ideal. He'll also contribute in the short passing attack, which can be a useful extension to the running game.
Having their running back group intact for the first time since Forté was injured in the previous Dolphins-Jets matchup should give the Jets extra confidence having already beaten Miami once this year, but they'll need to block well for them to be effective.