None of the Jets could believe that Brandon Marshall returned to the game on Thursday night after suffering what looked to be a serious knee injury in the first half of the Jets' 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. And apparently it really wasn't serious at all.
Marshall was "fine" on Friday morning, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles, one day after suffering what Bowles thought was "maybe a slight sprain" of his left knee when he was pulled down from behind by his facemask by Bills cornerback Stephen Gilmore. Bowles said Marshall was "sore" but was walking around the Jets' facility.
He didn't say whether Marshall would practice next week or whether he thought he'd be available for next Sunday's game in Kansas City, but it didn't sound like the coach was concerned at all.
Here are the rest of the highlights from Bowles' conference call with the media:
- LG James Carpenter (calf strain) and LB Erin Henderson (foot) will undergo MRIs before Bowles will reveal the extent of their injuries.
- Wes Johnson filled in for Carpenter when he went out and "did OK" according to Bowles. But the coach wouldn't commit to Johnson as the fill-in if Carpenter remains sidelined. "We'll see how long James is out, if he's out," Bowles said. "Then we'll make the proper adjustments."
- Bowles remains unconcerned, at least publicly, about the seemingly declining play of CB Darrelle Revis, who gave up an 84-yard touchdown to Bills WR Marquise Goodwin on Thursday night, one week after getting regularly torched by Bengals receiver A.J. Green. "He gave up two plays, I don't think that's an indication of the whole season," Bowles said. "We've got to correct it and move on."
- RB Matt Forte is on pace for well over 400 touches, including more than 300 carries this season, and it's likely Bowles will have to ease him up a bit. Maybe. "There'll be some fluctuation here and there, depending on the game," Bowles said. "We'll see how he's feeling and we'll try to monitor it going forward. But as long as he's healthy we won't hold him back."
- Bowles on the return of DL Sheldon Richardson, who missed the opener due to a one-game suspension: "The biggest thing is he brought a lot of energy. Guys were happy to see him out there."
- When the Jets scored their final touchdown of the game to go up 37-24, Bowles admitted he should've gone for two to try to make it a 14-point game. He said he was too caught up with the defense at the time and apparently didn't do the math.
- Bowles did not mention the rib injury suffered by WR Quincy Enunwa on Thursday night, but praised his emerging third receiver: "I think he's worked on his craft. He worked on his hands every day in the offseason. He worked on his speed and his route running. Quincy is a tireless worker."