Three front-liners — CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), LB David Harris (hamstring) and C Nick Mangold (knee) — did not participate in team drills today at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, and head coach Todd Bowles was noncommittal on their availability for the Cardinals on Monday night.
"I don't know," Bowles said. "We have the extra day. They're progressing along. I'll probably get a better feeling on Friday."
Revis declined to answer a direct question about his optimism about playing Monday, but otherwise No. 24 sounded as if he was getting closer to a return.
"I feel better than I actually did last week," he said. "We tried to do some procedures here and there for last week's game but it was a no-go. This week we have an extra day, which is very valuable, and we're going to try and use that extra day to see if I can go Monday night.
"Today was the first day I ran at my top speed and it felt good. I did individuals today and it felt good as well. So hopefully tomorrow they put more on my plate and I can hopefully practice with the team and we can go from there."
It seems unlikely a game from eight years ago, in his second season, would help in his rehab this week for a return to action and a big game in primetime. But we'll reminisce anyway about Sept. 28, 2008. The Jets' opponent: the Cardinals at the old Meadowlands Stadium. The opposing QB: 11th-year man Kurt Warner. And the Revis Island distinction: Revis got the first two-interception game of his career and the first of his three INT-return touchdowns in the Jets' 56-35 victory.
Bryce Is BackBackup QB Bryce Petty has quietly returned to full practice. After injuring his right shoulder in the final preseason game against the Eagles, Petty had not practiced the first five weeks of the season.
"Shoot, it feels good," the irrepressible QB said. "It's crazy being out for as long as I have for something that seems kind of minor, but it's the minor things that sometimes take the most time. But J-Mell [head trainer John Mellody] and his staff did a great job so I came back this week and felt good, like I never left."
It's likely Petty will continue to be inactive along with rookie Christian Hackenberg, but he'll be in the front row Monday to watch Ryan Fitzpatrick sling it with Carson Palmer, the Cards QB back from his concussion. Petty said he actually had an encounter with Palmer a year and a half ago.
"When I was working out in California for the combine, Carson came in where I was working out one day. It was actually my dad who went up to him and, like a typical dad would, he said, 'Hey, my son's Bryce, do you have any advice for him?' It was awesome talking with him. He was super down-to-earth and he stopped his workout just to talk with my family."
Jets Continue Prep for Monday Night Football
PUPs Getting CloserBowles was asked about his two Physically Unable to Perform players, T Breno Giacomini and WR Devin Smith. "I'm hopeful" they'll be able to practice next week, when they're first able to suit up by PUP rules. "We talked about it with the training staff and we'll see how they're coming along. If they don't have any setbacks, we'll try to get them in pads the next couple of weeks."
Giacomini said he's ready to put pads on next Wednesday for the first time since last year's season finale at Buffalo. "And I'm fired up," he said, although he allowed that while he could probably play immediately, he might not be 100 percent so he's looking to a few weeks of hard practice before he gets back in action.
Bowles listed DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle), G Brian Winters (concussion), TEs Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) and Braedon Bowman (knee), and T Ryan Clady (shoulder) as limited.