Dustin Keller, Stephen Hill likely to see action against Colts
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Dustin Keller didn't want to make any guarantees -- the setbacks he's had in recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the season opener a month ago have made him wiser than that -- but the tight end appears fairly certain to return to the Jets' lineup Sunday against the Colts.
Keller practiced fully Friday and quarterback Mark Sanchez's favorite target should be back for some portion of the Jets' offensive snaps.
"We're going to be smart about it," coach Rex Ryan said. "We're not going to drop him right in for 60 snaps, but he'll be out there for sure."
Further easing Sanchez's mind as well as the entire offense's outlook: Rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill (hamstring) practiced fully and could prop up a depleted receiving corps that has only been subtracting the last few weeks.
"It's been long enough," said Hill, who was injured in Miami three weeks ago. "I'm just ready to get back out there and help the team."
Center Nick Mangold (ankle) was limited Friday, but that still was a step forward, considering he hadn't done more than rehab the previous two practice days this week after suffering his injury in Monday night's loss to the Texans.
"It was what I needed to do," said Mangold, who is listed as questionable but sounded positive he'll play. "It was good to get out there [on the practice field] and know where you're at."
After several weeks of losing bodies on offense, the Jets could get a few back tomorrow.
But there was some bad news on another injury front: Ryan finally had to admit Friday that holding out hope that Darrelle Revis could return at any point this season was pointless, and the Jets placed their All-Pro cornerback on injured reserve. Revis will have surgery to repair a torn ACL next week.
"I think I said [the chance he could come back] was a bunch of zeros with a two on the end," Ryan said. "Now I know it's just a bunch of zeros."
With safety Eric Smith (knee) out this week, the Jets needed immediate help in the secondary, and they added seventh-round pick Antonio Allen off the practice squad. Allen will dress Sunday, backing up LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell.
Guard Matt Slauson did not comment on the $10,000 fine by the NFL for his unpenalized cut block on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing that ended Cushing's season with a torn ACL, or on plans to appeal it.