Rex Ryan second-guessed himself Thursday for releasing Danny Woodhead.
"Do I regret cutting him? Yeah, absolutely, right now I do," the New York Jets' coach said.
Woodhead, the pint-sized running back, has carved a niche for himself on the New England Patriots, recently signing a modest two-year contract extension. The Jets dumped him, ostensibly, to keep rookie RB Joe McKnight on the roster. That move was criticized because McKnight was a bust in the preseason, but he's a fourth-round pick and the Jets weren't going to cut a draft pick.
But, at the time, there was no way of predicting Woodhead's success in New England. Things changed the day after he arrived there, when RB Kevin Faulk suffered a season-ending knee injury. That created an opportunity for Woodhead, and he capitalized. If he had remained with the Jets, he would've had no role on offense, only special teams.
Other notes from Florham Park:
INJURY UPDATE: The only player who didn't practice Thursday was RT Damien Woody (sprained knee), but he vowed to play. Ryan, too, said he expects Woody to play. Woody played every snap last Thursday on his bad knee, so there's no reason to think he will miss the biggest game of the year ... WR Jerricho Cotchery (torn groin) was limited, but he said he's healthy and will play after missing two games ... DB Dwight Lowery (concussion), out the last two games, practiced with the red jersey (no contact). On Friday, he should be a full go.
A VERY BRADY NO COMMENT: A few months ago, Patriots QB Tom Brady made headlines by saying he "hates" the Jets. Asked Thursday about the quote, Brady backed off, way off, lest he upset his coach.
"Do I still hate them? Well, I promised coach Belichick that I wouldn't say anything derogatory, so, I have no comment," he said.