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New York Jets' Nick Folk (2) reacts after

New York Jets' Nick Folk (2) reacts after kicking the tying field goal in the closing seconds to send the game into overtime in an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. The Jets won 23-20. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Credit: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Nick Folk said his confidence wasn’t shaken when the Jets worked out free agent kicker Kris Brown Tuesday.

“I talked to him [Rex] beforehand and knew it was coming,” said the Jets kicker, who missed a 44-yard field goal and hit the upright on an extra point Thanksgiving Day against Cincinnati. “They have to do what they have to do.”

Folk said he felt the organization was trying to send a message by bringing in Brown, a former Pittsburgh Steeler who was cut by San Diego last week. But it’s a move he understands.

“They have to do their due diligence on their end and if I were in their shoes I probably would have done something similar,” he said. “It is what it is and I’ll try to go out and kick well on Monday.”

Head coach Rex Ryan told reporters that Folk, who has missed five or his last 10 FGs, is healthy and kicked “great” during Thursday’s practice.

“I just think we have to do what’s it in the best interest of our football team,” said Ryan. “And quite honestly, if Nick misses extra points or something like that, we’re going to have to do something about it. But I have confidence in Nick Folk.

"His numbers, the percentage might not be as good as some of these kickers in the league and that’s because we’ve attempted a 61-yarder, he’s missed a couple of 50-plus-yarders and things like that. Nick’s an excellent kicker. I was concerned when he missed the upright on an extra point, I was concerned his kickoffs weren’t as good as they’ve been. But we’re going to make sure that we’re aware of who’s out there at all positions.”

…Here’s today’s injury news:

RT Damien Woody (knee) did not practice today, but Ryan said he expects him to play against New England. “Generally if a guy finishes a game,” the coach said, “it means he’ll probably go the next week. Not in all cases, but I think he’ll go.”

CB Marquice Cole (hamstring), WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin), DE Shaun Ellis (knee) and CB Dwight Lowery (concussion) were limited. Ryan said Lowery did not have contact in practice, but he expects that to change tomorrow.

CB Drew Coleman (groin), David Harris (calf), S Jim Leonhard (calf), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Calvin Pace (foot), NT Sione Pouha (ankle), QB Mark Sanchez (calf), WR Brad Smith (back) and LG Matt Slauson (knee) were all full participation.

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