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Jets' Nick Mangold Returns to Action on MNF

Center. Who Missed 4 Games with Ankle Injury, Starts and Is One of Todd Bowles' Game Captains


No. 74 is back in the middle of things for the Green & White.

Center Nick Mangold, the Jets' seven-time Pro Bowl center who has missed the past four games with the ankle he injured in the home win over Baltimore, is active tonight and ready to snap the ball to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick against Indianapolis at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football tonight.

The four-game absence is a career-long stretch for Mangold, who missed only four games due to injury in his first 10 NFL seasons combined.

Mangold will be wearing custom cleats on behalf of Answer the Call — New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund as part of the NFL's "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign, which allows players to wear customized cleats to represent the causes most important to them.

Marcus Williams is also coming back from his own ankle injury, which cost him the past two games, and is active and ready to play vs. the Colts. Marcus trivia: He has the Jets' only first-half takeaway this season, an interception of Andy Dalton on the second drive of the season opener against Cincinnati.

The Jets' complete inactive list:
■ QB Christian Hackenberg
■ WR Devin Smith
■ S Calvin Pryor
■ LB Lorenzo Mauldin
■ G Dakota Dozier
■ WR Jalin Marshall
■ NT Steve McLendon

Rontez Miles is set to start at safety for Pryor. With Mauldin (ankle) out, OLB Mike Catapano is also is being announced as a starter on the defense that will do battle with QB Andrew Luck and the Colts offense.

Head coach Todd Bowles' gamenight captains are S Marcus Gilchrist, RB Matt Forte, Mangold and DL Leonard Williams.

The Jets will be wearing their green jerseys and white pants for the third consecutive game. They lost by 3 to the Rams and by 5 to the Patriots in that combination the previous two weeks after going 5-0 in green/white in Bowles' first season as head coach.

Ron Torbert is tonight's referee. It's his third Jets game as ref after officiating at two games in 2014, including the 16-13 Monday night loss to the Dolphins on Dec. 1 that year.

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