With the final regular season game coming up, and the Jets having virtually nothing to play for other than pride and an 11-5 record, the team is still trying to figure out exactly how they’ll approach Sunday’s game against the Bills.
Today, left guard Matt Slauson was not at practice today because he and his wife are expecting their first child, a boy. Slauson will play on Sunday. Congrats to Matt and his family.
Mark Sanchez appears to be in better shape than he was last week at this time with his shoulder injury. Rex Ryan said Sanchez will start on Sunday because he’s been playing so well recently and they don’t want to mess with his rhythm. How much Sanchez plays will be determined by how well he’s playing.
Defensive end Shaun Ellis, the longest-tenured Jet, did not practice today after injuring his back during the game last week. Fellow lineman Sione Pouha is also nursing a back injury. The Jets could err on the side of caution when it comes to their playing time against the Bills.
As far as guys who definitely will NOT be playing on Sunday, left tackle Damien Woody is still recovering from his knee injury, and the Jets don’t know his status for the playoffs quite yet. James Ihedigbo has been ruled out with a leg injury. Eric Smith is still recovering from a concussion and probably won’t play on Sunday either.
Rex Ryan indicated that most of the regulars who aren’t banged up are likely to play, although he hinted that LaDainian Tomlinson may sit the whole game and rookie running back Joe McKnight will get the lion share of carries. Against the league’s worst run defense, McKnight could have a big game in his first real game action.
Finally, the Jets were fined $100,000 by the NFL for the Sal Alosi tripping incident. The league determined that the wall of players that the Jets were caught forming is unsportsmanlike, and the matter is now closed.
The Jets are 10-5 going into the season finale against Buffalo, and Rex Ryan had indicated he’d like to get a win to build some momentum for the playoffs. 11-5 is a lot nicer than 10-6, isn’t it?