Injury report: Back pain ruins Kerley's day

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It was a good news, bad news kind of morning for Jeremy Kerley.

The Jets wideout was named AFC special teams player of the week on Wednesday morning for his breakout performance against Buffalo. But he also woke up with a sore back and likely will not practice on Wednesday.

"Hopefully, he'll feel better tomorrow," Rex Ryan said.

Kerley scored on a 68-yard punt return in New York's win over Buffalo, the Jets' first punt-return touchdown since Santana Moss in 2002. It was one of the biggest plays in the game, giving the Jets a 21-0 lead en route to their blowout win.

"He was outstanding," Ryan said.

But the back injury put a damper on things Wednesday.

The extent of Kerley's injury is unknown at this point. If Kerley can't play, Ryan said Kyle Wilson will return punts and Clyde Gates would step in at wide receiver.

Ryan said Kerley and the other injured Jets will be re-evaluated prior to practice to determine whether they can participate.

Here is the rest of the Jets' pre-practice injury list:


S Eric Smith (knee, hip)

TE Dustin Keller (hamstring)

FB John Conner (knee)

DT Sione Po'uha (lower back)

WR Stephen Hill (calf)


CB Darrelle Revis (concussion)

OT Dennis Landolt (knee)

LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring)


S LaRon Landry (heel)

OG Brandon Moore (hip)

DE Mike Devito (calf)

CB Antonio Cromartie (shoulder)

WR Chaz Schilens (ankle)

LB Nick Bellore (shoulder)