FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Todd Bowles was happy to see a familiar face at the Jets’ practice facility, even if it was for just a quick visit.
Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers came in and did some work in his office Wednesday, Bowles said. Rodgers has a serious health issue that likely will prevent him from coaching for the second straight week.
Bowles said there’s “a small chance” Rodgers will be there Sunday when the Jets face the Colts. But Bowles also said Rodgers “needs to rest.”
Rodgers underwent tests for an undisclosed matter. Bowles said they should know the results by next week.
“He’s in good spirits,” Bowles said. “He looked better, but the tests come back next week.”
The Jets played inspired defensively in last week’s win over the Broncos. Many players said they had Rodgers on their mind and they were playing for him.
Bowles will handle the defensive play-calling again if Rodgers is away from the team Sunday. Bowles was asked how he felt he did.
“I can do better,” he said.
Honored and sidelined
Running back Isaiah Crowell did not practice because of a sore ankle that he suffered in Sunday’s record-setting performance. Bowles said it’s too early to know his status for this week.
Crowell rushed for a franchise-high 219 yards, including a 77-yard score. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Cornerback Trumaine Johnson (quad), center Spencer Long (knee/finger), corner Buster Skrine (concussion), returner Andre Roberts (elbow/foot), linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot) and special teams gunner Charone Peake (hamstring) didn’t practice Wednesday. Peake was the only one Bowles ruled out for Sunday . . . Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) and tight end Jack Doyle (hip) did not practice Wednesday. Reportedly, they’re expected to miss Sunday’s game. Doyle has been sidelined the last three games and Hilton sat out last Thursday’s loss to the Patriots.