Former Bill David Nelson is stoked to play former team

David Nelson (86) reacts after making a catch

David Nelson (86) reacts after making a catch during the first half of a game against the New England Patriots. (Oct. 20, 2013) (Credit: Lee S. Weissman)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - For David Nelson, Sunday's game is about more than just a "W.'' It's about pride. And it's about proving a point.

Though now a proud member of the Jets, the former Bills receiver said he still hasn't gotten over his exit from Buffalo. "That's kind of been my motivation," said Nelson, whom the Bills chose not to re-sign after 2012. "It's kind of what's still driving me. So to return back there and to have that continually in the back of my head, it's going to be exciting."

In three seasons with Buffalo, Nelson caught 94 passes for 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns. But he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the 2012 opener against the Jets and later learned via Twitter that the Bills had no intention of re-signing him.

"It's still kind of a little difficult for me to swallow," he said, referring to the Bills not tendering him as a restricted free agent. "But at the same time, I'm glad to be here."

Nelson, who signed as a free agent on Oct. 2, has become a fixture on offense, catching 16 passes for 199 yards. That's why he's even more stoked to get a victory this week. Asked about facing his former team, he smiled and said, "Anybody who tells you it's just another game is lying to you. Because this is definitely more than just another game for me."

Santonio a go

It appears the Jets finally will get wide receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) back. Holmes, who hasn't played since Sept. 29, made a positive impression Monday, according to his teammates. "He looks good to me," said Rex Ryan, adding that he expects Holmes to play Sunday.

Jet streams

Though not ready to rule out Jeremy Kerley (dislocated elbow), Ryan said: "It doesn't look good right now." . . . The Jets reinstated Kellen Winslow Jr. (suspension) to the active roster and waived safety Rontez Miles . . . Nelson's $7,875 fine for an unnecessary-roughness penalty against the Bengals was rescinded on appeal . . . Jeff Cumberland and Antonio Allen (concussions) wore red non-contact jerseys in practice.

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