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Jets players are not expecting the postponement and site change for the Jets-Bills game to Ford Field on Monday at 7 p.m. to inhibit their performance. “We play games at 1,” C Nick Mangold said at his locker today. “We play games at 4:30, 8, 8:15, and we played preseason games at 7, so we’ve played at pretty much any time.” Head coach Rex Ryan has said all week he would have the team prepared to play whenever and wherever the NFL decided. He said today in his news conference that he expects some of the guys known for their speed are looking forward to playing indoors, but some of the guys on defense may not be. "We're just happy to play. I think that's the big thing," Ryan said. "But for a guy like Mike Vick, Chris Johnson , Percy Harvin , sure they want the ideal conditions, they would love to have that. So I would think that on one hand your skill players on offense are excited, but on defense you’re like, ‘Where is the snow, where is the wind?’ ” As the coach of the visiting Jets, Ryan said he is happy with the decision to have a road game against Buffalo moved to a neutral site, but part of him would have liked to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "It's going to be an easier venue for us to play in than playing at Buffalo. Buffalo’s a tough place to play. I’m happy in that regard," he said. "But as a fan of football, I would have liked to play in Buffalo.” Change of Schedule Ryan said the extra day forced the Jets to tweak their practice and travel schedules just a bit. The team had been practicing outside in an attempt to deal with cold temperatures similar to what they could have faced in Buffalo, but Ryan moved practice to the fieldhouse at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center today to simulate playing indoors. The Jets will use Saturday as a conditioning day for the players in order to “get them going a little bit,” Ryan said. The strength and conditioning coaches will plan the workout for the players. Ryan said he won’t “sprint 'em like crazy” but wants to have them “stay sharp.” The Jets will fly out to Detroit on Sunday. Green & White Homecoming LBs David Harris , Nick Bellore and Jason Babin were likely excited by the announcement that the game will be played in Detroit, because all three have ties to Michigan. Harris is from Grand Rapids and attended the University of Michigan, Bellore played football at Central Michigan, and Babin is from Paw Paw, MI, and went to school at Western Michigan. “I’ve played [in Detroit] a lot of times in college. It’s a fun place to play,” Bellore said. “Obviously, what’s going on in Buffalo is not good at all. We wish them the best. The snow is unbelievable there. It’s fun to be able to play on a Monday night, and to play in front of familiar faces will be fun, too.” Bellore said he is planning on suddenly having 50 to 100 friends and family in the stands at Ford Field. “The Bellore Clan travels well,” he said with a laugh. Extended Rest Leads to Healthy Jets This will be only the third time in franchise history that we have played a game 15 days after playing our previous game (in season, of course). The last time was 1992, when we played at Indianapolis, had our bye week, then played the Bills at home on Monday Night Football. We took a 20-17 lead in that game on a Brad Baxter TD run with 1:50 to play, then lost the lead and the game on a 12-yard pass from Jim Kelly to Thurman Thomas with 51 seconds left. Because of the unusually long layover between games, both teams' players received time to recuperate. Every Jet on the injury report participated fully in today’s practice and is listed as probable for the game. The Bills are flying out to Detroit this afternoon and are scheduled to have their first practice of the week when they arrive. NYJETS.COM SUGGESTS: READ: Jets-Bills: 8 Thinks to Know READ: Coordinators’ Corner, Pre-Buffalo Snow Edition READ: Jets Chatter: Bills Week WATCH: Vick Airs It Out WATCH: Pennington: Rex Ryan Will Have Jets 'Fired Up'