Practice Report: Reintroduction

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets started off Friday's practice by playing Jay-Z's music from a recent concert, culminating with "Public Service Announcement." If there ever was a team that would like to reintroduce itself it’s the Jets this Sunday.

And it looks like a few of their skill players will be back to help them.

Tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill (hamstring) could return to face the Colts at 1 p.m. at MetLife. Both moved from the rehab group to the field when team drills got started. It was a poitive sign, and coach Rex Ryan should have more concrete information in his news conference later.

Clyde Gates (shoulder) stayed on the bike and said Thursday that he doesn't expect to play this week.

NT Kenrick Ellis, who is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained MCL, was not at practice. NT Sione Po'uha (lower back) was in uniform and appeared to participate for the window of media availability, as did C Nick Mangold (ankle).

Mangold is expected to play, but Ryan expressed doubt on Thursday that Po'uha would be available. The absence of both Ellis and Po'uha creates an issue for the team at the spot, but defensive coordinator Mike Pettine thinks playing the Colts, who don't have a primary two-back system, gives the Jets some breathing room.

"If you're going to have a game where you're going to miss a true nose tackle, these next two weeks you can probably get away with it," Pettine said Thursday. "(Mike) DeVito has some position versatility. He can kick down inside. (Damon) Harrison has gotten his reps. Daniel Muir stepped in and he jumped off the tape when we looked at his Green Bay tape for the preseason."

FB John Conner (hamstring), LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring) and S Eric Smith (knee) also worked to the side while the team did individual drills. Smith and Conner will be out against the Colts.