FLORHAM PARK: For a moment, all was well again in Jets Land.
As the Jets stood on the field, stretching just before practice began, there was quarterback Geno Smith right smack in the middle. On the near half of the field, cornerback Dee Milliner was working his hamstrings. On the far end, rookie receiver Devin Smith did arm windmills, and linebacker Erin Henderson observed it all.
Then the horn sounded, and the healthy Jets made their way to their positions for the individual portion of practice. And the injured ones? All 16 of them? They made their way to the trainers area.
Monday afternoon, defensive end Kevin Vickerson (knee), defensive lineman Ronald Talley (hamstring), Henderson (knee), safety Durrell Eskridge (concussion), running back Daryl Richardson (concussion), receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion), running back Stevan Ridley (knee, PUP), Devin Smith (ribs), Geno Smith (jaw), tight end Jace Amaro (shoulder), Milliner (wrist), offensive lineman James Brewer (back), linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (knee), cornerback Dashaun Phillips (ribs), offensive lineman Ben Ijalana (knee) and receiver Shaquelle Evans (back) all did not practice.
Quarterback Matt Flynn (hamstring), receiver Chris Owusu and cornerback Curtis Brown were limited. While defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson participated fully, New York lost linebacker Calvin Pace midway through practice with a strained groin.
Speaking after practice, Jets coach Todd Bowles weighed in on some of New York's walking wounded, but little of the information provided were words of encouragement:
On Geno Smith..
"It was good to see his face. He didn't do much, but at least he's not hurting like he used to because he came out here today."
On Calvin Pace
"He strained his groin, we'll see how bad it is when I get in."
"He sprained his out. He won't play this week, and we'll see if he plays next week."
"I'm hoping he can play the last game, maybe."
While there's little positivity in New York regarding the team's injury situation, there was some regarding Owusu. After sitting out the last two weeks recovering from a concussion, Owusu took part in each team drill wearing a "non-contact" red jersey. Speaking after practice, Owusu told Scout.com he expected to return to practice in full capacity on Wednesday.
Be sure to check out Scout.com's complete practice report from Monday.