FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets' running game could soon be getting a boost.

After starting the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, Stevan Ridley is eligible to return this week against his former team, the New England Patriots (5-0).

"Maybe," Jets coach Todd Bowles said Monday when asked if Ridley would play in Week 7. "I haven't seen anything. I can't answer that."

It seems unlikely Ridley will play, given that he hasn't practiced all offseason. But his return is fast approaching and that should mean good things for the Jets, who are 4-1 and boast the NFL's top rushing attack (146 yards a game).

Ridley, who tore his ACL and MCL last season with the Patriots, hasn't played in a game in more than a year. So the plan is to get him on the practice field Wednesday.

"I'm hoping to get him in pads and get him out there and let him run around," Bowles said.

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And once Ridley steps on the practice field, the clock starts ticking. The Jets will have a 21-day window to add him to the active roster.

Skrine status unclear. Cornerback Buster Skrine is in the concussion protocol and it's unclear if he'll be able to play against the Patriots.

"He said he's feeling fine but saying it and doing other things is a different deal," Bowles said, adding that Skrine will be evaluated Wednesday "and we'll go from there."

The coach did say he's seen "quite a few" players return to action a week after suffering a concussion.