FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Jets already great defense got better today with the return of Sheldon Richardson to the practice field but that's not the only good news on the day as both Leonard Williams and Calvin Pryor only suffered minor injuries and will be ready for Sunday.
"So far pretty good. Obviously (Chris) Owusu didn't practice, Willie (Colon) didn't practice, (Jeff) Cumberland practiced in a red jersey, Bilal Powell had the groin, he didn't practice today. Defensively Jaiquawn Jarrett, knee, Marcus Williams strained a hamstring, (Jamari) Lattimore with a concussion, David Harris with his quad and Mo (Wilkerson) had sore ribs so he was limited."
The injury to Marcus Williams happened in today's practice and the addition of Wilkerson to the injury report also happened today. Todd Bowles said he wasn't sure when Wilkerson hurt his ribs, saying today was the first he heard about it, but also said he doesn't think it's serious and they held him out of the team portion of practice as, "just precautionary just incase."
Harris missed today's practice but he was telling reporters in the locker room that he would be ready to play on Sunday. Powell and Colon are much bigger question marks but Bowles didn't sound overly optimistic about either of them playing this week. On Colon, Bowles said "If he practices this week, we'll see how he practices."
The injuries to both Leonard Williams and Pryor looked like they could have been severe but fortunately for them and the Jets it didn't take long for them to realize they would be just fine.
"No, the way I was feeling I definitely thought it was something more serious but as I walked off I felt the knee loosen up so I knew it wasn't anything too serious," Pryor said. "I found out it was just a knee bruise and I figured I'd be okay."
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Williams said he stayed in London for an extra day, and if he wasn't 100 percent they would have had him stay the entire bye week in London, but the trainers wanted to make sure the ankle was fine before putting him on a plane. Like Pryor Williams' intial thought was that the injury could have been bad but quickly realized he would be fine.
"A little bit because initially it felt pretty bad but already when I came to the sidelines, just after like five minutes of sitting there, the pain was already going away a lot," Leonard Williams said. "I mean he have great trainers and we have a lot of stuff to get better in here so it didn't take long to get better."