There was a notable piece missing this morning as the Jets held their last full practice of the week. David Harris missed practice, but the Jets linebacker had the benefit of an excused absence. Jets coach Rex Ryan didn’t want to go into details about the reason for the absence, but he said Harris will play in the Giants game on Saturday.
Marquice Cole (knee) and Joe McKnight (elbow/shoulder) could be game time decisions, though Ryan was less optimistic about Cole. Ryan said that DE Mike DeVito would play again after missing four games this season with various knee injuries.
MUSICAL MESSAGES: The Jets DJs have found some clever ways of reminding the players during warmups about the stakes this Christmas Eve. On Thursday, Ja Rule’s “New York” played, followed by the Frank Sinatra classic,” New York New York” until CB Antonio Cromartie appeared to protest. In it’s place, the clean version of Tyga’s Rack City, which may or may not refer to New York but who cares because the song is everywhere right now.
JETS-GIANTS SHOULD BE CLOSE: Ryan said he expected the Jets-Giants game to be a close one, with the outcome not determined until late. "It's a 60 minute game and it's probably going to take all 60 to figure it out."
PACE FINE: Calvin Pace got hit with a $15,000 fine for a hit on Philadelphia quarterback Mike Vick. Asked about the rules on defenses designed to protect quarterbacks, Ryan said, “We’re very mindful of it.” He noted that that DT Marcus Dixon led with his hands and still had a roughing the passer call in the same game. But Ryan was clear that they would still try to interrupt a passer’s game.
“You have to get to the quarterback, you have to hit the QB to win in this league,” Ryan said. “It’s not that you’re trying to maim the guy or anything else but you are trying to hit him.”
ON COUGHLIN: Despite all the back and forth between the Jets and Giants this week, Ryan said he has a good relationship with Giants coach Tom Coughlin. “You’d have to ask him if he shares the same opinion, I don’t know if he does, but I certainly have a great deal of respect and admiration for him.”