Darrin Walls Is Back in the Saddle Again

Posted Nov 20, 2014

Jets CB Returns to Full Practice from Calf Injury He Suffered in Week 8 vs. Buffalo

The Jets secondary received good news today as CB Darrin Walls was a full-go at practice for the first time since suffering a calf injury during Week 8 against Buffalo.

“The calf is feeling pretty good,” Walls said today. “I’ve gotten out there the past couple of days testing it out. I’m liking what I see so far.”

After missing two games and three weeks of practice time, Walls said the best part of coming back was having the ability to be on the field communicating in the secondary, something he hasn’t done since that game against the Bills.

Despite his missing time, Walls said he doesn’t expect to have any rust when he does take the field in this rematch against the Bills, the site and time of which was still being determined by the NFL this afternoon. He’s trying to knock the rust off during the week.

“I think that’s what practice is for,” he said. “I’m trying to do everything and put myself in positions I haven’t been in in a while and do things I haven’t done since the last time I’ve been on the field. I’m expecting to go out there and be at 100%.”

Walls started at corner in seven of the eight games he played this season, making 21 tackles and breaking up five passes, but that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed his spot back.

After Walls went down, head coach Rex Ryan instituted a cornerback competition during practices. In the two games since, the starters were determined by that week’s practice performance.

Ryan intends to keep that same strategy this week because he said with competition, everybody’s play picks up during practice.

“We’re going to let it ride out. Darrin Walls is back, should be back for this game,” he said at his news conference today. “I feel good about that. Let these guys compete for it. We’re going to play them all. That’s why I can’t tell you who’s starting.”

Rookie Marcus Williams started at corner against Kansas City and Pittsburgh during Walls’ absence. Williams posted 11 tackles and broke up three passes in his first two professional games.

While the Jets are figuring out their starting cornerbacks against Buffalo, they will also need to find out when and where the game will be played after lake-effect snowstorms around the Buffalo area dropped nearly five feet of snow.

Because of a travel ban in the area surrounding the Bills' training center at Ralph Wilson Stadium, they have not  been able to practice yet this week. The NFL announced late this afternoon that the game will not be played in Buffalo but has still not determined a site or a time for the game.

Walls said relocating the game will not affect the Jets' preparation and he doesn't anticipate it affecting Buffalo’s, either.

“For us, we’re going to be ready regardless. I’m pretty sure they are, too,” he said. “They’re professionals just like we are. Whether they practice on the field or in a meeting room, I’m pretty sure they’ll be ready when we take the field.”


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