New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson did not participate in practice during the 30-minute portion of Tuesday’s session open to the media.
Tomlinson, who a source confirmed sprained his MCL on his final carry on Sunday night against the New England Patriots, underwent an MRI on Monday, but the results were not immediately available.
The running back suffered an MCL injury to his left knee in 2008, and was limited to just two plays in the 2008 AFC Championship game as a result of the ailment.
Wide receivers Jeremy Kerley (knee) and Patrick Turner (kidney) and safety Brodney Pool (knee) also were not practicing. Kerley, the Jets’ slot wideout, appeared to be hampered by his injury as he tried to do some movement exercises and stretching on the side.
Pool, who missed the New England game due to injury, said Monday he was making improvements, but was unsure about his availability for Thursday night’s game in Denver against the Broncos. He ran “a little bit” last week, but said he had to check with team doctors before getting back on the practice field.
“It depends on how my leg feels [Tuesday] and what I do and what the trainers, how they feel about it,” Pool said when asked about playing against Denver.
The Jets may have a Wednesday walk-through, but Tuesday will be their only full day of practice prior to Thursday night’s contest.
“I think he's going to be OK, but I have not heard for sure, yet,” coach Rex Ryan said of Tomlinson on Monday. “... I've heard from our trainers that he's going to be OK, so I'm certainly hopeful.”
Said Tomlinson after Sunday night’s 37-16 loss: “I’ll be all right. ... My leg got hit low, and I grabbed my leg.”
Tomlinson suffered the injury after being hit by New England wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was forced to play nickel back because the Patriots were depleted in the secondary.
After the game, Tomlinson left the locker room under his own power, but he was walking with a noticeable limp. Due to the Jets' quick turnaround, it will be tough for Tomlinson to be ready to take the field against the Broncos.
If Tomlinson, who has 489 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns for the Jets this season in a reserve role, is unable to play, the Jets would likely increase Joe McKnight’s workload and potentially could active rookie Bilal Powell, who hasn’t dressed for a game yet this season.