FLORHAM PARK — Miami’s Ndamukong Suh is more than a massive, dominant defensive tackle.
He’s nasty. Some would say he’s dirty.
Suh, at 6-4, 307 pounds, has played in 111 games, started 111 games, and has 47 career sacks.
“Any time you lose you’re starting guard, there’s a loss,’’ said Bowles who hadn’t immediately decided between Qvale and Dozier as Winters’s replacement after Friday’s practice.
Jets center Wesley Johnson isn’t worried.
“Yeah, they’re not bad,’’ Johnson said. “We think we’re good, too. Actually, we know we’re good.’’
The Jets should be in better shape on the other side of the line.
Defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson said on Wednesday he wasn’t concerned that the shoulder injury he suffered last week against the Raiders would keep him sidelined.
Apparently neither is Bowles.
Bowles seemingly squashed concerns that the Jets wouldn’t know about Wilkerson’s availability until game time.
“He’s got two days to get better,’’ Bowles said. “He did some things today, We’ll see how he feels Sunday.’’
Wilkerson returned to limited practice on Friday and the Jets need him. New York's run defense, which many thought would be a strength, has been a liability.
They’ve allowed 185 yards per game, dead last in the NFL. All of the numbers are cringeworthy.
They’ve surrendered five runs of 20 yards or more.
Opposing running backs are averaging 5.4 yards per rush, or a first down every two carries.
So when Bowles said that Wilkerson was, “a little better, he did some work,’’ the Jets have to hope to be a lot better against the Dolphins, who ran for 111 yards in their 19-17 win over the Chargers.
“We’re playing at home against a division rival, we can’t let them get going,’’ Kony Ealy told ESPN.com. “Stop the run. Get after the quarterback. Can’t let them run the ball in front of our fans.’’