Drum roll please. Jets center Nick Mangold will most likely play on Sunday when the Jets face the Patriots. He is listed as questionable, but the Pro Bowl player expects to play.
"I'm ready to go," Mangold said.
Mangold has spent two games on the bench after a high ankle sprain took him out of the Jaguars game in Week 2. Colin Baxter, a rookie, filled in but progressively struggled. Those two missed games have been losses, and this is his first week back at practice.
“Chomping at the bit to get back," Mangold said. "A long road, a lot of treatment a lot of rehab still going on but it’s not to be out there be on the field be with the guys it’s a good feeling.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan didn't want to be too emphatic about it, alluding to the Patriots guardedness when it comes to injuries.
"He's questionable for the game, I feel good about it though," Ryan said.
Ryan said LB Garrett McIntyre (concussion), WR Logan Payne (broken wrist) and LB Bryan Thomas (Achilles) will be out. Thomas is on the roster even though he is out for the season. Ryan said the Jets could fill that roster spot before the game Sunday, but he was cagey.
"That's a strong possibility so you can just put yes in there probably," Ryan said. "It's a competitive thing."
What's that buzz: Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed that the Jets were using a buzzer in practice, as first reported by Rich Cimini, to get quarterback Mark Sanchez to get rid of the ball faster.
Ellis possibly active: Rookie DT Kenrick Ellis could, possibly, maybe, be active for the first time this Sunday. The Hampton product said he is ready.
"I prepare every week as if I’m going to be active so if I’m active that’ll be great I’ll get play, get to go out there and hit somebody else -- show my talent," Ellis said. "I’m just happy to be here so I’m going to keep working and every week, working on scout team."
Some have wondered why the third-round draft pick hasn't gotten onto the field yet in a game, but Ellis isn't frustrated.
"I’m a rookie so I can’t even get mad," Ellis said. "...And I’m not on special teams and we need more skill guys to play special teams."
Returning to the scene of CAN'T WAIT: Bart Scott doesn't sound like he CAN'T WAIT to get back to the place where a trademarked phrase was born. It was after the divisional win in New England that Scott told an ESPN reporter that he was looking forward to the next game. In fact, he's expecting to hear it from the Patriots fans.
“They bust your chops about everything," Scott said. "I can care less it doesn’t bother me. It won’t be the first time I’ve been booed or said stuff about.”
Wayne's Rise: Slow start aside, Ryan said he's happy with where right tackle Wayne Hunter is this week. "Right now we feel really good about where Wayne's at," Ryan said.... Ryan also noted that the Jets overall had a strong week of practice.