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Conner hurting, status for opener uncertain

New York Jets rookie John Conner practices with

New York Jets rookie John Conner practices with the field goal team during a morning practice at training camp. (Aug. 3, 2010) Photo Credit: Pat Orr Photography

Typically, it's The Terminator who's bringing the hurt. But fullback John Conner got a bit banged up in last night's 17-3 preseason victory over the Giants.

Conner injured his left ankle and is wearing a walking boot. Rex Ryan said he would be out if the Jets had to play a game this week, and the status of the second-year pro for the Jets' Sept. 11 season opener against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium is up in the air at the moment.

"John, we’ll see how he is. I’m hopeful he'll be ready," Ryan said. "He’s an awful tough kid and I would assume he would be ready."

Conner was seen walking through the Jets' locker room after the game with his ankle heavily taped, showing off a slight limp. Ryan wouldn't go so far as to say the Jets may give veteran fullback Tony Richardson or recently released rookie Brian Toal a call just in case.

"I feel good with John," Ryan said. "It’s not like his ankle is broken or anything. So I feel good that he's going to get through it. But clearly, if you are down in the season and things like that, then absolutely Tony would be an ideal guy for the simple fact he knows our system, and Tony is a great football player and a great teammates.

"So certainly, that would be the guy that I’d be interested in if we did have to replace John or something did happen to John. But right now, it’s not even close to that. It’s just a left ankle sprain or something like that. I’m not a doctor, but I don't think it’s going to be that big a deal."

In other injury news, rookie wideout Logan Payne is supposed to have surgery on the left wrist injury suffered in last night's game. Ryan said, similar to what happened with Rob Turner, the team won't have a full prognosis until the surgical procedure has been completed.

Also, Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis (right hip), wideout Derrick Mason (left knee), defensive tackle Sione Pouha (left knee), quarterback Mark Brunell (calf), and tight end Jeff Cumberland (hamstring) will be monitored. 

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