The Jets will have to try and beat the Raiders without a couple of key players and most likely without Nick Mangold. Mangold wasn't able to practice all week because of his sore neck and while he did travel with the team, and Todd Bowles has left open the possibility that Mangold could play if he has no pain on Sunday, he is officially listed as doubtful.
"It's possible," Bowles said. "But the longer the days go on that he doesn't do anything, the less possible it becomes."
"It's going to be one of those two," Bowles said. "We haven't made that decision yet if Nick doesn't play. If he doesn't play, then whichever guy runs out there, you'll see that one."
Calvin Pryor has officially been ruled out for Sunday and make no mistake about it that is a big loss for the Jets. Pryor has had an outstanding season so far and has been exceptional at making tackles in the open field. Going up against against the Raiders, who love to throw those bubble screens to Amari Cooper, the Jets will miss Pryor's tackling ability and will need someone to step up and fill that role. Dion Bailey will fill in for Pryor and join Marcus Gilchrist at the backend of the secondary.
The Jets will not make any roster moves to call up Rontez Miles or Ronald Martin and will instead go into the game with only two safeties and will use their cornerback depth to fill in as an emergency safety.
"All of (the cornerbacks) can back up as safety," Bowles said. "So, from that standpoint we're not worried about it."
Bowles said all of his cornerbacks take practice reps at safety but it's safe to assume that Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie wouldn't move from corner. Darrin Walls is the odds on favorite to fill in as an emergency safety if needed.
Receiver Devin Smith has also been ruled out which means you can expect to see more of Jeremy Kerley and for this exact moment of time that might actually end up benefitting the Jets. Bilal Powell won't play either but Stevan Ridley has been activated. Bowles wouldn't say if Ridley will play yet or not but the Jets could caertainly use his fresh legs and play-making ability.
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