John Conner didn’t practice today, and might not for much of the week, but both the fullback and coach Rex Ryan said he will be playing on Sunday against Dallas.
“There’s no doubt,” Ryan said.
Conner, with a sprained right ankle, was in walking boot after the final preseason game against the Eagles last Thursday. The second-year player, who did not start last season with veteran Tony Richardson on the roster, did not have the boot today.
During practice he was on the sidelines doing some light strengthening and jumping exercises. He said he’s had sprained ankles before and is familiar with the process of coming back to the field successfully.
“I’m confident I’m playing on Sunday,” Conner said.
Plaxico goes deeper: Plaxico Burress, the new Jets wide receiver, said he is able to start figuring out how he fits into the Jets offense now. The first couple preseason games, I was so focused on myself and putting myself in the right position, where I needed to be,” Burress said. “Now, it’s time for me to really start to understand the concept of the whole team offense.”
It’s been almost three years since he played in an NFL game. There is a lot of catching up to do, but Burress said he’s getting there.
“Just practicing the fundamentals,” Burress said. “Looking the ball in, tucking it away while I’m running. Running nice sharp angles on my routes. Just really over-exaggerating the little details, so I’m not really worried about catching the football. That pretty much comes naturally. I’m just working on my fundamentals.”
Tomlinson looks ahead: LaDainian Tomlinson looked ahead to Dallas and said this is going to be a difficult first test for the Jets. “They have an explosive offense, led by Tony Romo, but defensively with Rob Ryan over there, it’s kind of like looking in the mirror, kind of like looking at our own defense, with a couple different wrinkles,” Tomlinson said. “So it’s going to be very challenging. We know the blitz packages and that type of stuff that Rob likes to bring, so it’s going to present a heck of a challenge for us.”
A la cart: Rob Turner got the sturdier version of the Jim Leonhard motorized cart to get around the Jets facility as his broken leg heals. Like Leonhard’s, Turner’s cart has a license plate that reads “Rob 75.” The backup offensive lineman said surgery went well, and the physicians used a metal plate in to fix the fibula. He’s not sure what the healing time is, although he understands that his size (6-foot-4, 308 pounds) means it could take a little longer. Other than that, he said he does what he’s told.
“I’m a redneck not a doctor,” Turner said.
House of Payne: Wide receiver Logan Payne got pins in his dislocated wrist last Wednesday, and said he will get his cast off next week. He is anxious to see how quickly he heals so that he can get back on the field for the Jets, perhaps in special teams capacity to start. “They said they’re going to keep me on and try to get me back as soon as possible,” Payne said.
Unofficial injury report: Ryan said if there were an injury report, these players would be limited: Mark Brunell (calf), Kenrick Ellis (left hamstring) Sione Pouha (left knee) and Darrelle Revis (hip). Conner (ankle sprain), Turner (leg) and Payne (wrist) would be out.
Quarterback plans: Ryan said the team was able to move third string quarterback Greg McElroy to the IR once they brought back Kevin O’Connell. McElroy had surgery on an injured thumb after the fourth preseason game.
“With O’Connell coming in now our eggs aren't all tied into that one basket.” Fun fact -- all three active QBs (Mark Sanchez, Brunell and O’Connell) are from California.
Roster moves, etc.: Martin Tevaseu and Isaiah Trufant are on the practice squad. TE Josh Baker was cut "for now," said Ryan. ... Cornerback Kyle Wilson was moved next to Revis. The elder has been mentoring Wilson since the offseason. ... Ryan said that with the extra practice day, he had the offense work on red zone drills while the defense worked on third down.