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We're going to start doing a lot more intensive looking at the NFL Draft in the coming days and weeks, but of course free agency comes before the draft. ?

Here's three spots in no particular order that the Jets might try and target players at once free agency begins, even thought they might not have a lot of money to do so. ?I just talked with Corey about this as we taped our podcast and he named two of the three positions below ... listen to the end of the podcast later today to hear which group he chose differently.

Safety -- With Eric Smith likely a goner, and Bell and Landry both up in the air as free agents, the Jets are going to have to address the spot via free agency again even though they just used two picks in the last draft on the safety spot. ?Josh Bush might be ready to step and take on a larger role, but the team is going to need to find some depth at the spot this spring to provide competition this summer. ?Trufant and Lankster played decently last year so the Jets have to feel comfortable with their 4th and 5th corners, so depending on what happens with the Revis situation ... see if the Jets don't try and convert one of their nickel cornerbacks to the safety spot if they feel like they can't round out the spot and Revis and Cro both come back. ?Louis Delmas might not have been able to stay healthy for the Lions, so see if he doesn't have to take a lesser or incentive-laden deal via free agency this spring.

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FLORHAM PARK--?Low man on the totem pole.? That?s how Aaron Glenn describes his new role as an assistant pro scout with the New York Jets. There are a few noticeable gray hairs now, but otherwise Glenn looks much the same as he did when he first joined the team in 1994 as the 12th overall pick out of Texas A&M in the NFL Draft. Over the next eight years, the 5? 9? Glenn became a linchpin of the Jets defense, recognized as one of the NFL?s shutdown corners, earning three Pro Bowl selections along the way.

By 2001, the Jets were ready to move on and Glenn went back to his hometown of Houston, to play for the NFL?s newest addition, the Texans. He subsequently spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New Orleans Saints, before deciding it was time to retire in 2008.

Retirement was fun at first. After 15 years of football, which consumed the lion?s share of his time, Glenn enjoyed being home with his wife and their three children ? now ages 17, 12 and 10. But, having nothing to do wasn?t exactly in his make-up.

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FLORHAM PARK--Originally just Rex Ryan was scheduled to talk. Generally, the head coach speaks on the final day and GM Mike Tannenbaum speaks to the media later in the week. Today, the schedule was moved so that Tannenbaum could join Ryan.

There was speculation that some sort of big news might be coming. Alas, that was not to be. Both Ryan and Tannenbaum voiced strong support for Brian Schottenheimer. Ryan reinterated that Schottenheimer is under contract and, "We know he's an outstanding football coach."

Tannenbaum said, "We do expect Brian Schottenheimer back. I really respect the job he's done; Three different quarterbacks, two AFC Championships." Tannenbaum then confirmed that Schottenheimer is being interviewed for the Jacksonville head coaching position.

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FLORHAM PARK--If you didn't think the locker room was fractured before, it was apparent today that it is.

Some of the most glaring statements were non-verbal. Santonio Holmes, Darrelle Revis and Bart Scott all refused to speak to the media. Scott, however, did make an obscene gesture toward a photographer as he walked out.

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FLORHAM PARK--A lot of players were in the locker room today. Friday is known as get-away-day and it can often be kind of quiet, especially when the stress level is where it is before a game like the one on Sunday. Although players were loose and the mood was upbeat, they were clearly focused on what's at stake on Sunday. I spoke with Darrelle Revis, Dustin Keller and Brandon Moore about their winning team awards (see below) and all three were pleased and flattered, but not really interested in spending a lot of time thinking about anything other than Miami.

Jim Leonhard made his first appearance since tearing his patellar tendon against the Chiefs. It's been a busy few weeks for Leonhard. He had surgery on the knee two weeks ago, right around the same time he and his wife welcomed their first child, a son. Right now, he's on crutches and wearing a brace on his right leg. Although he has not been given a definitive timetable for his recovery, he said he's been told it's generally a four-six month process.

"It is what it is," Leonhard said. "The surgery went really well and I've always healed fast."

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FLORHAM PARK--In an unusual move, Rex Ryan addressed the team this morning just following the stretching period, but before any of the practice started. The team was using its indoor field house, which is a cavernous space, and you could have heard a pin drop as everyone listened intently to what the head coach had to say.

Ryan reiterated the opportunity they had in front of them and that having a chance to make the playoffs during one's career should not be taken for granted. To drive the point home, he referenced Chargers LB Takeo Spikes. Spikes, at 35 years old, is a 14-year veteran, who has been a Pro Bowler and recently played in his 200th career game. He has never been to the playoffs.

LaDainian Tomlinson, who has been to the playoffs, but never a Super Bowl, spoke a bit about his future plans. He said he'd like to play next year and is open to offers beyond just the Jets, but said that he has very much enjoyed playing for the team. The telling comment he made was, when asked whether he would accept the veteran minimum (which will be in excess of $900,000 in 2012), he smiled and said, "Man, I've got kids." He also admitted that he would be unlikely to go to a team that didn't present itself to be a strong Super Bowl contender.

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FLORHAM PARK--The Jets no longer control their own destiny, something that frustrates them across the board, but they are doing their best to stay the course and just focus on beating the Dolphins. A win is the only way they retain any hope of a playoff berth -- plus a whole lot of help.

According to Mark Sanchez, "The No. 1 overall goal is the ball security issues," he said. "The ball's got to be of the utmost importance."

He also said that the team is unified and nobody is looking for anything other than a win, the same way they do every week. "We expect to win. We expect to win every week," Sanchez said. "We expect to do it right. If you don't expect that, you don't belong on this team."

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FLORHAM PARK--Victor Cruz said teams no longer fear Darrelle Revis. Hakeem Nicks said he's just a "decent" cornerback. Revis' response? "I don't even know who this guy is...If I want entertainment, I'll watch reality shows."

He then added, "It doesn't matter what I say. It doesn't matter what other receivers say. You gotta prove it." As for whether people are no longer scared of him, Revis laughed and said, "I"m not a monster, so why would anybody be scared?"

Muhammad Wilkerson is from a fairly large family, and one of his brothers was a lifelong Giants fan. "Not anymore," Wilkerson laughed when I asked him. "No more Giants fans in my family." Wilkerson, who is from nearby Linden, NJ, said he will have a modest 12 people at the game.

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FLORHAM PARK--The first mention of Plaxico Burress today came from Rex Ryan who announced he was limited in practice due to an illness. The immediate reaction was that something gnarly was going around the wide receivers room. (Jeremy Kerley's got a stomach virus.)

However, when we spoke to Burress he said it was just a cold and he didn't look too terrible. In his press conference, Ryan spoke of how level-headed and even Burress has been all season and Burress reinforced that when he spoke to the media. While excited to play on Saturday, he pointed out, "It's an exciting game for the city. Who can win the bragging rights for the next four years."

Asked if there was anyone in particular he was looking forward to going up against he side-stepped the questions and said instead, "These guys know me very well...It just depends who beats who to the punch. It's going to be a chess match."

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FLORHAM PARK--The good news for Jets fans is that QB Mark Sanchez appears to be OK after the beating he took against the Eagles. He went through the early part of practice as he normally does and didn't appear to be throwing any differently.

Asked about it, Sanchez wouldn't go into detail, beyond saying that he took a couple of big hits, he's sore, but he's fine and he's ready to go for Saturday. He's listed on the injury report with a neck injury, but practiced fully on Tuesday.

In addition to his hyper-extended right elbow, Joe McKnight now has a separated right shoulder. He was held out of practice and it is unknown what his status will be for Saturday.

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FLORHAM ?PARK--It will be all hands on deck for Sunday's game against the Eagles, minus Marquice Cole who is out after suffering a knee injury against the Chiefs.

Joe McKnight will be back wearing a brace on his right arm and will be returning kicks as usual. In the event he can't at some point, his backups are Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie.

Tracy Wilson could see his first significant action at safety as he is now the No. 1 guy behind Eric Smith and Brodney Pool.

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FLORHAM PARK--Some good news. It looks like both Mike DeVito and Joe McKnight will play on Sunday. DeVito was limited, but McKnight was full go in Wednesday's practice wearing a brace on his right arm. He said that the only effect the brace was having on him was that he's holding the ball higher and tighter, not necessarily a bad thing. Otherwise he said it's not bothering him at all. He wore it for the first time during pregame warmups on Sunday (just to try it out, since he didn't play), and three days later, he's gotten used to it.

Brandon Moore (hip) didn't practice, but that was the plan all along. He'll play against the Eagles.

Marquice Cole (knee) did not practice at all and right now he's iffy for Sunday. Eric Smith (knee) was limited, along with Marcus Dixon (hip), but both those guys should play.

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FLORHAM PARK--When Jim Leonhard arrived in training camp back in August, he had almost no physical restrictions. Amazing considering that eight months earlier he had broken his right leg in practice so badly that it required surgery and he used a scooter and crutches to get around for weeks following that.

However, from the moment Leonhard hit the playing field, he showed no signs that he'd ever even been hurt and all questions about it disappeared.

On Sunday, it all came back. After getting tackled awkwardly following his interception, Leonhard didn't get up and ultimately left the game on a cart. He's been diagnosed with a torn pateller tendon in his right knee and is done for the season.

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FLORHAM PARK-Brandon Moore was on the practice field today, but that was the only difference between Wednesday and Thursday when he didn't appear at all. He stood off to the side wearing sweat pants, a sweat shirt and a knit cap.

Moore is officially listed as questionable for Sunday, but according to him, he will play. Rex Ryan also seemed fairly confident that Moore would be on the field. Moore said that there wasn't a specific setback that kept him out this week, it was more the cumulative effect of the first 12 weeks of the season on him, following his offseason double-hip surgery.

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FLORHAM PARK--Offensive consultant Tom Moore is now ensconced at the team's facility for the remainder of the season. When Moore was hired just before training camp, the plan was that he would spend all of camp in Florham Park and then make a couple of other scheduled visits during the year, one was during the bye week and originally, the other was the week before the Redskins game. The rest of the year, Moore has worked from his home in South Carolina communicating via phone and fax.

Ryan expressed his desire to have Moore around regularly, but joked that permission would have to come from Moore's wife. However, it worked out, Moore is now here for the duration. "His wife does have that veto right," Ryan joked. "She didn't exercise that."

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FLORHAM PARK--Yet another comeback win. Everyone should be getting used to those by now. And, it builds character.

OK, I made that last part up.

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FLORHAM PARK--Offensive consultant Tom Moore made an appearance today. Moore usually works from home, but has several scheduled visits during the year and today was one of them. Moore was first brought to the team at the end of July and spent the entire training camp with the team in Florham Park.

Both Rex Ryan and Brian Schottenheimer like having Moore in town for face-to-face consultations as opposed to the faxing and emailing that normally suffices. Both coaches called Moore the most positive person they know, which is uplifting to everybody. Ryan likened Moore to his father, Buddy in that way. "The older they get, they see things through rose-colored glasses," Ryan said.

Schottenheimer recalled one of their recent losses when nobody thought there could be too many positives to come out of it and Moore faxed over a page-full.

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FLORHAM PARK--Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson was fined $10,000 for his touchdown celebration on Sunday. Plaxico Burress' response? "He can pay for it." And that, was that.

For whatever reason, there are still communication issues, even 11 games into the season. The disconnect on third-and-two between Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes is just one example. Rex Ryan voiced confidence that the kinks will be worked out. ?He said the two are, "Definitely working through it...It's things like that we're trying like crazy to clean up."

Burress gave a similar statement. "It all works together," he said of the responsibilities that the receivers have to their quarterback. "Getting to the proper landmarks, be disciplined in our routes, Not cutting our routes two-to-three yards short."

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FLORHAM PARK--Jeremy Kerley and LaDainian Tomlinson were held out of practice again with their respective MCL sprains. Both are listed as questionable for Sunday. It's not looking good for either, especially Tomlinson. Rex Ryan said that Tomlinson is leaning more toward the doubtful category. Both players could be game-time decisions.

Tomlinson seemed visibly depressed by the situation. "It's never fun to have injuries," he said and added that no matter how hurt they are, players always want to play and that's why they leave it up to the coaches and trainers to make the final decision.

"It kind of makes you down," he admitted of having not played last week and the likelihood of not playing again this week. "That's where I'm at right now." However, although Tomlinson had a setback on Tuesday after going through the various work that the trainers and conditioning staff put him through on Monday, he said that he is "100%" better today than he was on Monday and fully expects to practice next week.

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FLORHAM PARK--Rex Ryan shared today that he took a couple of snaps away from Mark Sanchez during practice this week and gave them to Mark Brunell. This is the same thing he did last year to try to light a fire under Sanchez. And it worked. Last year, Ryan said Sanchez was so mad, "He wanted to fight me."

This year, Ryan said he hasn't spoken to Sanchez all week, leading to questions whether the quarterback was, once again, upset with his coach.

According to Ryan (who was laughing when he said it), "[Sanchez] hasn't talked to me, for real. He has not said one word."

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FLORHAM PARK--$75,000. That's the amount that Rex Ryan is going to lose from his paycheck after swearing at a fan during the Patriots game. The fine was announced this morning. Ryan said that he will not appeal it. "The commissioner's got a tough enough job. I'm an NFL lifer. I accountable for my actions." Ryan said he spoke to commissioner Roger Goodell after the incident to apologize.

The team is banged up, although outwardly at least, no one seems overly concerned about this. LaDainian Tomlinson (knee), Shonn Greene (ribs), Brodney Pool (knee) , Matt Slauson (ankle) and Jeremy Kerley (knee) were all held out of practice.?While the media was on the field they were heavily involved in some agility work that involved a lot of hopping.

Ryan said that he expects everyone to be ready for Sunday. Pool said he hoped to be ready, but right now he's day-to-day.

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FLORHAM PARK--It was dreary and overcast, which didn't help what seemed to be a pall over the Jets facility today.

Darrelle Revis admitted on Monday that players were still thinking about Sunday's game and with only two days now to prepare, they will need to move on.

LaDainian Tomlinson, who has a sprained MCL of his left knee, did not practice. He was walking normally, but it's looking less and less likely that he'll play against Denver. Ryan said that they will only fly players to Denver who they think have a legitimate shot at playing.

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FLORHAM PARK--Sunday's game against the Patriots didn't go quite as well as the Jets had hoped. All week long, the focus was on beating the Patriots and taking over the division lead. Not only did it not happen, but New England's win turned into a trouncing.

It was odd, especially since the first drive of the game was exactly what the Jets had wanted to do all season long -- efficient and maintaining control of the clock. It worked like a charm until not only couldn't they score a touchdown, but Nick Folk missed a 24-yard field goal. It was only his second miss of the season.

In the locker room after the game, the players who were still in there were at a loss to explain what happened. "Inconsistent" and "miscommunication" were two of the words used by more than one guy. LaDainian Tomlinson said he thought that failing on that first drive was so deflating it actually put the team in a lull for a while. Certainly a "lull" is not optimal against any team, and especially the Patriots.

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FLORHAM PARK--Bart Scott was listening to Aries Spears. It was loud and it was off-color. Mark Sanchez was in the middle of the room testing out a pile of footballs for Sunday's game. Dustin Keller was holding his iPod with the music blaring, chasing Jeremy Kerley around. Kerley was?trying to get away from Keller so he could complete the phone interview he was doing. It was a typical?Friday locker room.

The real news of the day is that pretty much everyone is healthy, except for Brodney Pool (knee) who was held out of practice again. It does not look good for him to play on Sunday. However, in better news, Mike DeVito proclaimed himelf "100%." He hasn't played since he injured his knee againt Miami.

Plaxico Burress, as he promised on Thursday, returned to practice today and said he's ready for Sunday.

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FLORHAM PARK--For a week when they are facing the Patriots, things have been extremely low-key and hype-free. Everyone seems calm and focused as they ready themelves for Sunday night's showdown.

Plaxico Burress missed practice again today, but seemed relatively unconcerned that it will have a negative impact. He said that he's in "constant communication" with Mark Sanchez, watching film and talking through all the details. In addition, the receivers all meet on their own, outside of practice and outside of their regular meetings to watch film, discuss and go through everything, so a lot of work is being put in.

Santonio?Holmes said they started holding the meetings as soon as the team signed Burress during training camp.

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FLORHAM PARK--By all accounts the Jets are ready to roll for Sunday's match-up against the Patriots. Shonn Greene who suffered both a head and groin injury against the Bills said he's fine and ready to go. He looked relaxed and said he's totally comfortable with where things?are at offensively, "Knowing we're finally back to the ground and pound."

The question of whether the Patriots being last in the league on defense would?have any impact on them, Nick Mangold answered, "I don't get sucked into those stats. That's a quick way to lull yourself to sleep."

If you want to know how important Mangold is to this team, Ryan equated him with Darrelle Revis in importance and talent, and said of when Mangold was sidelined with his high ankle sprain, "We never make excuses, but I wanted to."

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FLORHAM PARK--Who knew that after such a rocky start Joe McKnight would be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October. Certainly not special teams coach Mike Westhoff, who when asked if he would have foreseen this, answered, simply. "No."

However, Westhoff is more than pleased with the progress McKnight has made and singled out what has helped him the most this year. "The thing that Joe does the best is he believes in his reads," Westhoff said.

As for McKnight, "It was a long road to get here," he said and credited Westhoff for helping him get there. "When he believed in me, that I could do it, that's when I knew I could do it and go out there and make plays."

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FLORHAM PARK--By all accounts, this week's practices have been a lot more productive than the ones the team had last year coming off the bye week. The team had some live hitting drills on Wednesday and, across the board, Rex Ryan and his players feel good about what they've done so far.

Mark Sanchez said last year that the practices weren't good and "it showed on Sunday." As for this year, "This week's prep has already surpassed what we did last year," he said.

Darrelle Revis said that the secondary has been doing extra tackling drills after practice for a while now, because, "We were missing tackles," he said with a laugh. They've been working with dummy bags and hope that by keeping their tackling and fundamentals sharp, they won't have a similar backslide the way they did last year, or repeat their mistakes from earlier this year.

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FLORHAM PARK--Everyone is back and seems to be ready to get right back to work to prepare for Buffalo.

Most players took at least part of the bye week to go visit friends and family.?Here's a sampling of activities:

Martin Tevaseu went home to California and had his hair braided. He joked that he hoped it would make him "more aerodynamic."

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FLORHAM PARK--It's unclear who was in a better mood in anticipation of the bye week - the team or the media, but the peppiness was universal.

Rex Ryan seemed hugely relieved that the return to the "Ground and Pound" seems to be working and, even better, having a positive impact on Mark Sanchez. "This is the offense that we built that he's so familiar with," Ryan said. "It just seems to fit us better."

Asked what precipitated the return to "Ground and Pound," Ryan said, "I just thought we weren't being ourselves...I think maybe I got caught up in maybe being more enamored with the type of personnel we had."

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FLORHAM PARK--It's Friday, which means that everything that's been talked about all week, gets talked about some more.

A new wrinkle is that Mike DeVito may not play on Sunday. His knee was injured when he got caught in a pile during Thursday's practice. He is experiencing what Rex Ryan called soreness, but he's a game-time decision so it's obviously a little more than just sore.

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FLORHAM PARK--The brouhaha over Rex Ryan's comments to the San Diego media on Wednesday took on a life of their own. There was never an intent to insult, but with Ryan, things regularly seem to go awry.

As you may have heard, Ryan was interviewed for San Diego's head coach opening, which Norv Turner ended up getting back in 2007. Ryan said that the team had so much talent if he had gotten the job they would have won two Super Bowls. Well, what was meant as a compliment went way off the rails.

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FLORHAM PARK--The mood inside the Jets facility is certainly dramatically better than it's been the last few weeks. You could feel it inside the locker room after the game Monday night; the tension that had been hovering was completely lifted.

However, Rex Ryan admitted that the team is far from relaxed. "There's a huge sense of urgency here," he said. "Maybe more so when you're down, you've lost three games on the road. That urgency is about as high as you can be." And it does appear they desperately want to get above .500 and go into the bye week with a win.

The focus remains on what the problem is with the slow starts. After a win, it's easier to joke about it, but it's definitely a thorn in their side. "We need to find a way to get rid of that first quarter," Ryan said. "(Maybe) tell [Mark Sanchez] that it's the fourth quarter and we're trailing."

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FLORHAM PARK--So, Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he plans to get into a fight with Bart Scott and Antonio Cromartie and get ejected from the game in the second quarter. And the response from the Jets? A metaphorical yawn.

"I'm just happy that he's not picking on me to fight him," Rex Ryan laughed. "We had that issue before and quite honestly, I was a little nervous running across that field....If he wants to get kicked out of the game in the second quarter, I think he should."

Mike Pettine smiled when asked about Marshall saying he's planning to get thrown out and said, "As long as it's not a one-for-one trade, I'm all for it."

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FLORHAM PARK--The Jets are trying to move forward and focus on their Monday night match-up against the Dolphins, although the specter of the past few weeks, including the recent trade of Derrick Mason, is still hanging over them.

At 0-4 the Dolphins would appear to be an easy win, except for the fact that the Jets have routinely struggled against their division rival. In fact, when asked about facing the Dolphins who are 0-4 on the season, Rex Ryan, referencing the Jets record from the past three weeks, said, "We look in the mirror and see 0-3."

Right now, although they're trying to keep calm, it would be fair to say that the Jets are desperate for a win. The past three weeks have been chaotic and the Mason trade just added to the questions and discomfort.

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FLORHAM PARK--In case you haven't heard, Derrick Mason has been traded to the Houston Texans for a reported conditional seventh round Draft pick.

GM Mike Tannenbaum spoke this morning and said, "Suffice it to say [Mason] didn't play at the level he had hoped and we had hoped." Tannenbaum insisted that the trade was based totally on Mason's on-the-field performance and had nothing to do with the comments that Mason made after the Patriots game that were perceived by some to be a knock on the team, when he talked about there being "cracks."

Tannenbaum also cited Jeremy Kerley's fast development as being a factor in their comfort level in letting Mason go.

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FLORHAM PARK--Amid all the speculation that the team is becoming fractured, Rex Ryan and the players who spoke Monday via conference call, all toed the party line, citing the reverse. The condensed version is that the team remains unified and confident in each other, and that includes confidence in Brian Schottenheimer although Nick Mangold may have alluded to some amount of locker room discord when he said:

"Emotions run high especially when you have very competitive guys like we do.? It gets difficult when you?re not winning, but in the end we have a? great group of guys here who undertand it?s going to take a great deal of work to do to get on the right path."

As for Schottenheimer, Ryan said the team is "fortunate" to have him and Dustin Keller agreed, saying, "Were very confident in Schotty's abilities."

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FLORHAM PARK--It looks like Nick Mangold will play on Sunday. He was limited in practice today, but both he and Rex Ryan seemed confident that he will go. Calvin Pace was also limited, but he appears to be recovering from the abdomen injury.

Brandon Moore said having Nick Mangold back will definitely help shore things up. "He solidifies all the calls. He's very decisive," Moore said, which will contribute to things being "better on Sunday."

As for Mangold, he just wants to stop the losing streak at two. "It's been too long without a win," he said. "We're going to do anything and everything to get a win."

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FLORHAM PARK--Nick Mangold was dressed and participated in individual drills during the 30 minutes the media was at practice. His overall status for practice was "limited." Mangold said he's "coming along." When asked what he thought the chances of his playing on Sunday were, he said, "pretty good. "

Three players did not practice at all, Calvin Pace with an abdominal injury, Garrett McIntyre with a concussion and Plaxico Burress with an elbow injury. Burress fell on his elbow during the game and then in the middle of the night on Tuesday he woke up to find it completely swollen. Ryan said he had the elbow drained, but Burress said he just had some ultrasound on it. It's safe to say, they're attending to it.

With the Patriots game on Sunday, you can be sure that they will make sure everyone is as healthy as they possibly can be.

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FLORHAM PARK--An emotional night and an emotional morning after the meltdown against Baltimore. Rex Ryan told his players last week that after losing to them at home in 2010, he did not, under any circumstances want to lose to the Ravens twice. They've now lost to them twice. In fact, the Jets' consecutive losses to the Ravens pre-date Ryan's arrival in New York by several years.

Ryan appeared grim during his Monday press conference, but when asked about it he said, ?"There's probably a little more fire burning inside of me than I?m letting on too."

Jim Leonhard said on Monday that the frustration level in the locker room is high. "You never want to lose games," he said. "You never want to lose back-to-back games. We realize we have a tough one coming up. It?s not getting any easier."

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FLORHAM PARK--Nick Mangold was dressed for practice and warmed up with the team. However, as soon as everyone broke into positions for individual drills, he went of to the side to work with the conditioning staff. Rex Ryan said he was in later for a few reps, but is questionable for Sunday. "He's a legitimate game-time decision," Ryan said. He added that if the game were played today, Mangold would not go, but he wants to see what the next 48 hours bring.

The Haloti Ngata factor is going to be huge (pun intended) in determining how this goes. Ngata, as many in the locker room have said, is "a load." Baxter's inexperience could cause some issues here and if Mangold is close, it could make the difference in which one of those guys plays.

Colin Baxter is still calm and ready to go. He's been a great sport about answering the same questions repeatedly for the past two weeks. His family is from the Los Angeles area and Baxter said that his dad was able to attend the Oakland game last week to see him in person, but his mom had to stay home due to a family obligation and ended up watching in a local sports bar. He thinks the sports bar is probably in the plan again for this weekend for them as they haven't yet gotten satellite television hooked up.

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FLORHAM PARK--Nick Mangold and Antonio Cromartie made their way out to the practice field on Wednesday, but neither was dressed to participate. This was not a huge surprise as Rex Ryan said on Monday that he didn't expect Mangold to practice on Wednesday and wasn't sure about Cromartie. They worked off to the side with the conditioning staff, along with Logan Payne, who still has a large cast on his left wrist.

Payne, is out, and Ryan said that while he hopes both Mangold and Cromartie can play on Sunday, Cromartie's recovery is currently ahead of Mangold's. For what it's worth, when I saw Mangold walking around both outside and in the locker room, he was not wearing the walking boot.

Here's my guess - since they won't fly and therefore he can travel without risking any additional swelling to his ankle, they'll make Mangold a game-time decision and he won't play. I would have said the same about Cromartie, but he looked like he was moving around pretty well doing agility drills with the conditioning staff so he might actually have a shot.

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FLORHAM PARK--A source confirmed to me that the team is putting OL Rob Turner on injured reserve. Rex Ryan had said they wouldn't put him on IR right away, which they didn't.

Although Turner's cast was removed, he is still on crutches and using his scooter to get around the facility. Apparently with his recovery time still up in the air, the team felt they need the roster space, especially with Nick Mangold dealing with a high ankle sprain.

While Colin Baxter played well against the Raiders, the team needs to add depth on the offensive line.

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FLORHAM PARK--The Black Hole certainly left its mark on the Jets. In addition to handing them a wrenching loss, Oakland also did a number on a few players. Mark Sanchez has a minor break of his nose. He will have no limitations, but he will be wearing a visor for at least the next few weeks and maybe beyond.

Rex Ryan joked about the break being called 'minor.' "It's probably minor to everyone else. It's probably more than that to him."

Antonio Cromartie bruised both his ribs and a lung. The team had him fully examined in Oakland to make sure he could travel home Sunday night, which he did. As for his current status, Ryan said on Monday that Cromartie is "day-to-day," but he hopes his cornerback will be back on the field on Wednesday. Right now he's having difficulty taking a deep breath.For those of you who wondered about Donald Strickland replacing Cromartie rather than Kyle Wilson, Ryan said Wilson was dealing with some cramping issues.

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FLORHAM PARK--It's looking more and more like Nick Mangold's 82-game streak is about to come to an end. Mangold, who is still in a walking boot, did not practice again on Thursday and while he's improved a lot, he admitted that as with Wednesday, there was no way he could have gone.

Rex Ryan said a final decision won't be made until Friday as to whether or not Mangold is going to play, but at this point it's all mostly a charade. Although Mangold said that he's still holding out some hope, it's fairly apparent that he knows the reality of the situation. ?Ryan said it all when he explained that, "sometimes you've got to protect the player from the player."

As for if Mangold is looking forward to not being asked questions about this situation, he said, "It'll be delightful."

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FLORHAM PARK--The sky isn't falling, but losing Nick Mangold does have some people running around screaming. However, those people don't seem to be anywhere in the Jets facility. Everyone there is very calm and confident that they will be fine without him. That's what they're saying anyway.

Mangold is still in a walking boot after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Jaguars last week, but he's no longer using the crutches, which Rex Ryan cited as a positive. This improvement does not seem to be making much of an impact on changing Mangold's status for this Sunday against Oakland, which right now seems to be, 'out.' ?He did not practice on Wednesday and Ryan said, "I'll never say never, but I don't see it happening this week."

As for Mangold, there's no question he's lobbying heavily behind the scenes to play, but he admitted that there was no way today that he could do anything. He also knows the risks of playing before the ankle is ready. "You don't want anything lingering," he said. "But I'm going to make sure I'm ready as soon as possible."

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Florham Park--Nick Mangold had an MRI Monday morning, which confirmed he has a high ankle sprain. Rex Ryan did not put a timetable on his return, but said, "I would say his status for the (Oakland) game would be, I would assume, very iffy. I don?t think it looks very good as far a playing this week. But, with that being said, he thinks he can go. We?ll see how it progresses. We?ll never put a guy out there that shouldn?t be out there."

For most people, a high ankle sprain generally requires a few weeks to recover from.

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FLORHAM PARK--The team practiced inside due to the rain, so Rex Ryan held David Harris out again. Harris injured his toe during the Cowboys game and Ryan didn't want to take any chances with him on the turf. Exactly what is wrong with the toe, and which one it is, is unclear, but Ryan still said he expects Harris to play.

Joe McKnight dislocated his left pinky catching a punt in practice, but they put it back into place and he went right back on the field. In the locker room he showed us the finger, which looked back to normal, but described what it had looked like when he took the glove off. Let's just say everything wasn't where it was supposed to be.

Eric Smith rolled an ankle at the end of practice, but he and McKnight are both expected to play.

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FLORHAM PARK--David Harris was on the field, but was not dressed to practice. Wearing shorts and a t-shirt, he was off to the side, for the entire 30 minute period that the media is allowed to watch, with members of the strength and conditioning staff. He appeared to be doing a lot of lower body agility and balance work.

There was also one point when John Conner was working by himself, but he was in a practice uniform.?According to Rex Ryan, Harris has a toe injury, but Ryan expects him to play on Sunday. Conner is on a list of about 20 players who are all probable. You really don't need me to list them.

Mark Sanchez is not on the injury list at all. His strange demeanor after the game was noticed by many. He was checked out by the medical staff for any sign of a head injury and was given a clean bill of health. Today during his press conference he was back to his normal self.

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FLORHAM PARK--Everyone seems in agreement that the Jets pulled another one out of their hat. More than one player in the locker room after the game noted the fact that the team seemed to be continuing their tendency toward the fourth quarter comeback win. And while they'll take any win, most would prefer to put these away a little earlier.

Mark Sanchez had some of the media talking among themselves after the game. He took a lot of hits and in the locker room, during his interview, he seemed a little off. He was talking very slowly and seemed a little groggy. When asked about it, he said he was fine. On Monday, Rex Ryan confirmed that Sanchez was fine. He said they spent four hours together at a charity event in the morning, and added that the quarterback wasn't even on the treatment list -- which on Monday was two-and-a-half pages long.

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