If there was one nagging question when the Jets entered the playoffs last Saturday in Cincinnati, it was how effective inside linebacker David Harris might be after suffering a mild high ankle sprain in the final week of the regular season. The Jets' leading tackler was limited, which might have contributed to the 169 yards rushing Bengals running back Cedric Benson gained, but at least Harris made it through unscathed.

"It was very difficult, especially for the type of game that it was, a playoff game," Harris said today. "You want to be out there with your teammates when it matters. It was tough, but the training staff did a heckuva job getting me back, [head trainer] John Mellody and his crew. They're top-notch in everything they do. The MRI showed a slight tear, but they got me back fast. I wouldn't be able to do it without them."

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Harris has been practicing fully this week, but that doesn't mean he's 100 percent going into the AFC divisional playoff game Sunday at San Diego. "I felt better in practice this week than I did last week," Harris said. "It's not going to get better this season, so, I might as well grin and bear it. I'm not going to miss this for anything."