With a short week following Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Falcons, the Jets are navigating a number of injuries.
On Monday, head coach Todd Bowles ruled out fullback Lawrence Thomas (concussion) for Thursday's matchup against the Bills. Thomas is one of six players that did not practice, a list that includes both cornerback Morris Claiborne (foot) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/foot). While Bowles thinks it may be difficult for Wilkerson to suit up with a short amount of rest, the veteran defensive lineman didn't seem concerned.
"I'm just going to take care of my body," said Wilkerson, who hasn't practiced the last two weeks. "I get treatment. That's all I can do."
The 27-year-old Claiborne, who ranks second on the Green & White with seven pass defenses, went down in the second half with a foot injury after shadowing Falcons wideout Julio Jones for much of the first half. Tests did not a reveal a tear and Bowles said the it's possible he could play Thursday.
"He's been good this year," he said. "We like having him. Hopefully he can play, we'll see."
Other players that did not practice included DL Ed Stinson (neck), TE Jordan Leggett (knee) and S Terrence Brooks. Even though Jets cornerback Buster Skrine is still in concussion protocol, he was limited in Monday's practice. With Skrine sidelined against Atlanta, Robert Nelson predominantly played nickel with Darryl Roberts on the outside opposite Claiborne.
"He did okay," Bowles said of Nelson, who was activated from the practice squad last week. "Some things he can do better. Obviously learning the system a little bit, we tweaked some things for him."
If both Claiborne and Skrine are down for Week 9, the Jets' corners could consist of Roberts, Nelson, Juston Burris and Derrick Jones, who Bowles said is close to playing.
"He's practicing, he's working hard," he said of the rookie. "He's learning every day, he's getting better. His time will come."
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