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Camp Cortland (Day 13)

Darrelle Revis has drawn the assignment of shadowing

Darrelle Revis has drawn the assignment of shadowing Patriots receiver Randy Moss during Sunday's game. (August 12, 2009) (Credit: Joe Rogate)

One of the Jets' walking wounded finally returned today.

NT Kris Jenkins, who's been out for the last two weeks with a strained left calf, participated in a limitated capacity. If you were following me here on Twitter, you likely already know this. Where ya been?

Jenkins did his thing in individual position drills, but sat out during the team portion. The Jets want to ease him back into it and don't want to rush their massive run stuffer back unnecessarily for meaningless preseason games.

He couldn't put a number on how he feels percentage wise. He's just happy to cash in his 'Get out of Jail Free' card of sorts. Working with strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi -- Massapequa's own and the former Hofstra linebacker -- for the last two weeks hasn't been exactly a stroll at Jones Beach. Jenkins was downright giddy putting the shoulder pads on today.

"Pads aren't that bad," Jenkins said. "There are worse things than pads and his name is Sal. Sal has a way of bringing anything in your stomach up and out. He has a way of just working some of the best nerves in your body and making them the worst ones. That's how Sal does it. He's just going to pound you, and pound you, and pound you."

As for the other injured players, their status remains unchanged for now.

CB Darrelle Revis (left hamstring), RT Damien Woody (head), C Nick Mangold (right knee), and FB Jehuu Caulcrick (left knee) didn't participate in practice.

Reserve DL Howard Green had a little problem with a wisdom tooth and might miss some time.


Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens both struggled in the morning practice.

Working with the first team, Clemens went 11-for-20 but threw an interception to S Kerry Rhodes. It's the ninth pick he's tossed in the two-plus weeks of training camp practices.

Sanchez had another tough day and his accuracy was a problem for the second straight practice. He completed 4-of-12 attempts with an interception (his fourth of camp) but did throw a touchdown pass of roughly 55 yards to WR David Clowney on the last play of practice. However, DB James Ihedigbo got the best of the rookie in the two-minute drill.

"Digs" picked Sanchez off and bolted down the left sideline untouched for the would-be pick-six. Ihedigbo spiked the ball in the end zone and flexed his muscles. He's not shy about showing off the emotion, is he?

We'll update the quarterback meter following this afternoon's practice, which begins at 4:10 p.m.


Rex Ryan was asked about the emotions of playing his former employer a week from today on "Monday Night Football." Ryan was with the Ravens for 10 seasons and is still bothered by the fact they passed over him for the head coaching gig. He thought he was the correct choice and the Ravens thought otherwise.

Ryan didn't hide his disappointment, "I throw it out there because I'm being real," he said. "I always thought I was the right guy for the job."

Later, showing the side of him that makes him look like anything but a traditional close-to-the-vest NFL head coach, Ryan took a shot at the Ravens for handing over Michael McCrary's No. 99 to rookie Paul Kruger, a second-round pick from Utah. 

"I am disappointed that they gave his jersey to some rookie who hasn't proven  [ - - - -]," Ryan said, eliciting a room full of laughter. "Excuse my language."


We addressed Shaun Ellis' suspension in the post below. You might remember Ryan's comments on the day the report surfaced about Ellis' looming suspension, when he said: "I plan on Shaun being there," Ryan said Aug. 9. "Until they flat tell me that, 'No, he is not playing this game,'  we are going business as usual. We expect him to be in there."

Ryan made sure to let everyone know that he wasn't intentionally trying to mislead anyone, nor was he being evasive.

"I wasn't withholding information," Ryan said. "Unless I heard specifically, which I did [now], that's why I said what I said before."


We might not have seen the last of "Harvard" aka QB Chris Pizzotti. Ryan said he still might bring him back so he can play in a preseason game and get the feel the experience of participating in a live NFL action.

Ryan is not sure if Pizzotti can be an NFL quarterback, but he thinks he owes it to him to try to get him in there so he can have pictures taken and savor the memory. He wasn't kidding. He was serious. Not many times you'll hear a coach say something like that.


We now return you to the Rex Ryan Comedy Hour:

In discussing Monday's game in B'More and describing what it will be like to play against the Ravens, Ryan cited the sibling rivalry he has with twin brother Rob, who's a defensive coordinator with the Browns. (Caution there's a naughty word that also means donkey coming up):

"I respect my brother," Ryan said, "and still want to kick his ass."

(Photo by Joe Rogate)

Tags: Darrelle Revis , Kris Jenkins , Nick Mangold , Damien Woody , Hofstra , Jones Beach , Sal Alosi , Howard Green , Kellen Clemens , Mark Sanchez , Kerry Rhodes , Ravens , Chris Pizzotti , Rex Ryan , Rex Ryan Comedy Hour , Shaun Ellis , suspension , Training camp , Cortland

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