Jets linebacker Calvin Pace isn't keeping company with cornerback Darrelle Revis in the "questionable" category any more. Pace was upgraded to "probable" for the Denver game with the soreness in his surgically repaired foot.
The reason he didn't practice on Wednesday, Pace said, had to do with the short recovery time after a Monday night game. The jets' win over the Vikings was the first game Pace played since undergoing foot surgery at the end of training camp. He was told to expect some residual soreness after his first game and wasn't surprised.
"I was more sore than 'pain,'" Pace said. "It was talked about when I went in for the surgery. It's just that it was a short week because we played Monday. I played a lot of plays, too. It just needed a lot of rest. Thursday, I did a little more, and today I did more.
"I'll play. It's nothing I can't get through. Every day I wake up, it's stiff. I run around a little bit, and it's fine. That's to be expected."
Pace said he generally was happy with the way his foot responded, but the hardness of the artificial turf at New Meadowlands Stadium might have been a contributing factor to the soreness he felt. "It's harder than the turf we practice on here [at the jets' training facility]. And I had been practicing on grass, and that might have added to it."
Pace said he played all but the last four plays on defense against the Vikings and maybe two or three goal-line plays. In Denver, he might consider taking off a few more snaps if he feels uncomfortable.
"If it gets to be a point where it's really sore and somebody who is 100 percent should be in there, I'll tell [the coaches]," Pace said. "If I'm not effective because I'm hurting, I'll let somebody else play."