FLORHAM PARK, NJ - At 4-1 there's a ton of excitement surrounding the New York Jets and with it being Patriots week there's even more excitement about the possibility of the Jets getting a win and claiming first-place in the division. Regardless of how well the Jets are playing the Patriots will always present a unique and difficult challenge, as long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the Jets would obviously like to be at full strength to take on that challenge. While they won't be at absolute full strength there did get two players back on the practice field for the first time during the regular season.
Stevan Ridley and Dee Milliner both returned to practice with their team and were both full participants in today's practice. Milliner can practice with the team for now but won't be eligible to return to the active roster until after the Raiders game. However, Ridley will be able to return as soon as Todd Bowles feels comfortable that he's ready to go. When that will be is anyone's guess as usual Bowles remained tight-lipped on the progress Ridley has made.
When Bowles was asked if it was encouraging to have those two back at practice Bowles went to one of his favorite lines and said, "they ran around."
"It'll be a tough call, kind of a safety thing," Bowles said when asked about how he'll make the call on Ridley. "We'll see what we need, if we need him, and we'll go from there. It'll be day-by-day with him."
As for the rest of the Jets injury list it looks like this: Bilal Powell (ankle), Jaiquawn Jarrett (knee) and Buster Skrine (concussion) were all held out of practice today. Chris Owusu (knee), Marcus Williams (hamstring) and Willie Colon (knee) were all limited participants in today's practice while Dion Bailey (elbow), Quinton Coples (elbow), Eric Decker (knee), Ryan Fitzpatrick (right elbow) and Damon Harrison (finger) all practiced fully.