As the Jets' nickel defensive back, Drew Coleman plays a critical role in the coverage packages they will deploy against New England quarterback Tom Brady and his multiple passing formations in Sunday's divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. But Coleman's availability suddenly came into question after he went down during Thursday's practice with an undetermined knee injury.
Jets coach Rex Ryan announced the injury at the start of his daily news briefing, but with regard to the extent of the injury, he said, "I don't know anything. I haven't heard yet."
The Jets have one more day of practice Friday to make adjustments. Ryan said rookie Kyle Wilson would be next in line to start at nickel. "He's smart, and he plays it in some situations, anyway," Ryan said of Wilson. Isaiah Trufant, who was inactive against Indianapolis last week also could figure into the equation if Coleman can't go.
Kick returner Brad Smith (groin) and safety James Ihedigbo (knee/ankle) were the only other injured players considered "limited" in practice. Special teams coach Mike Westhoff said Antonio Cromartie, who had two kickoff returns of more than 40 yards against the Colts, is ready to go in Smith's place if the training staff rules him out. Cromartie also is under consideration to return punts along with Jerricho Cotchery. Santonio Holmes, who almost botched a punt against the Colts when he let one bounce and then nearly touched it, will not be back to receive this week.