The official word won’t come until after practice, but it doesn’t look as though tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) or fullback John Conner (knee) will be ready to play for the Jets Sunday in Miami.
As soon as the warmup period was over at Friday’s practice, those two moved off to the side to join the rehab group, which also included backup cornerback Ellis Lankster (low back) initially. Linebacker Bryan Thomas (hamstring) began the practice working with his unit but eventually moved over to join the rehab group.
Conner is the only fullback on the Jets’ roster, so, things get complicated if he’s not available. Asked on Thursday how he would adjust to Conner’s loss, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said, “Formationally, John left the game in the middle last week [at Pittsburgh], and we had different things we had to do. The tight ends have to pick up the slack. It depends on the way we approach the game. There’s a few different ways we can answer that if John can’t go.”
No doubt, the availability of Conner and Keller will be a focus of the interview session later today with coach Rex Ryan. His answers will be updated here.