FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Nick Mangold returned to practice on a limited basis Friday. While the Jets' center is listed as questionable, he and coach Rex Ryan expect him to play Sunday against the Chargers.

Defensive end Mike DeVito also is listed as questionable. But like snowflakes, no two questionables are exactly alike.

DeVito, who injured his knee in practice Thursday, will be a game-time decision. He could start; he could be inactive.

"He kind of got caught up in a pile,'' Ryan said. "He came back out to practice [Thursday], but [Friday] he was sore. That's why he never practiced. We'll see how that goes."

Ryan said DeVito got "rolled up" in practice and is "awful sore right now." If that soreness continues to Sunday, DeVito will be replaced by third-round pick Kenrick Ellis, who saw his first NFL action on Monday and had three tackles against the Dolphins.

 

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Greene ready

Though LaDainian Tomlinson will get the ceremonial start against his old club, Shonn Greene will get the bulk of the carries, as usual, on Sunday.

Greene has yet to have a 100-yard game this season; his season high is the 83 on 21 carries he had two weeks ago against New England. He also had 21 carries on Monday against Miami and totaled 74 yards.

"Shonn's just like, 'Give me the football. I'll be just fine,' " Ryan said. "He's one of those kind of guys. He doesn't care who he's up against. Like all the great backs, he just wants the ball."

Great back? Greene hasn't proven to be that. But if "ground and pound" is going to work for the Jets, Greene has to become a top back, at least.

"It's a work in progress," said Greene, who has 314 yards on 93 carries (a 3.4 average) and two touchdowns. "I don't think I'm too frustrated about anything. I'm just trying to get a win, just trying to execute my job. The offensive line, they're doing a great job. We just want to keep working at it."

 

Start fast

Ryan said starting fast on offense has been an important theme this week in meetings he's had with Mark Sanchez and some of his assistants, including special-teams coach Mike Westhoff.

"I've had Mark in with me, I've had different combinations in there," he said. "I've leaned on Bob Sutton, I've leaned on Bill Callahan, I've leaned on Westie and gotten some of their input. We'll see what happens. If we don't start fast, I'm going to blame Westhoff."