Jets plan to play it safe with Calvin Pryor, he won't play Thursday night

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith ,left, stretches with teammates during NFL football training camp in Cortland, N.Y., Monday , Aug. 11, 2014.(Credit: Hans Pennink)

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CORTLAND, N.Y. - Although Calvin Pryor's been cleared for physical contact, the first-round safety won't suit up Thursday against the Colts.

"Let's just get him a fresh start, make sure everything's good," Rex Ryan said Tuesday of Pryor, who suffered a concussion on July 26.

The former Louisville safety ditched his red non-contact jersey on Monday and practiced with the third-team defense and scout defense this week. But ultimately, Ryan said the team didn't feel comfortable putting Pryor out there. "I was debating, hey should we throw him in there? But at the end of the day, let's just take the cautious approach and give him a couple days and let him have at it next week," Ryan said.

 

Evans to IR?

Shaq Evans' rookie season could already be over. Ryan said the wide receiver's shoulder injury is "severe" and could land him on injured reserve. The fourth-round pick wore a red non-contact jersey but was "very limited." Said Ryan: "That shoulder looks pretty bad."

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Sanchez support

Mark Sanchez may not be a Jet, but he quickly reached out to his former coach when he heard Ryan's son Seth had broken his collarbone Monday during Clemson's football practice. "First text I got -- Mark Sanchez," Ryan said, adding that Seth should miss six to eight weeks. "(Sanchez) wanted his number."

 

Three-headed monster

The Jets insist all three of their running backs are interchangeable starters -- meaning the Jets will "definitely" employ a committee approach. "When you have Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell, I think that's a pretty safe bet," Ryan said.

 

Jet streams

OL Bruce Campbell signed . . . Jeremy Kerley (illness), Brent Qvale (concussion) and Marcus Zusevics (knee) did not practice. Powell (hamstring) was limited.

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