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Conner says he'll play Sunday

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

The Terminator is good to go.

Despite not practicing today due to his sprained right ankle, John Conner proclaimed he's going to play against the Cowboys in Sunday's season opener at MetLife Stadium. 

“I’ll be back out there in no time," the fullback said after practice. "I’m feeling good. I’m healing fast, so I’m ready to go."

So much so that he has no qualms about saying he'll play, especially after he was able to do some jogging and cutting today, the first time he's done so since he was initially injured in last Monday's preseason victory over the Giants. 

"Not at all," Conner said.

Conner has been doing everything possible treatment-wise to get back on the field in time for Sunday, going through things like strengthening exercises and pool workouts. Apparently, it worked.

"I think he will play," Rex Ryan said. "I really feel strongly that he'll play."

Ryan said the Jets will probably hold Conner out of practice tomorrow, and he could be back on a normal schedule as soon as Wednesday. If Conner re-injures himself in the game or can't go for some reason, backup tight end Matthew Mulligan would serve as the emergency fullback.

In other injury news, QB Mark Brunell (calf), DT Kenrick Ellis (left hamstring) and NT Sione Pouha (left knee) were all limited in practice. Ryan said none are serious, and remember, Pouha already said he'll play.


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