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Is Rex Ryan turning into Eric Mangini when it comes to injuries?

Rex Ryan refuses to discuss the game-time status of injured running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight. But it’s fairly obvious Powell won’t play against the Patriots, and the same seems true for McKnight.

Both players were injured in the third quarter against the Colts last week and underwent MRIs Monday. Neither of them has practiced this week.

McKnight spent the beginning portion of practice working off to the side with a trainer. Powell, however, hasn’t been spotted on the field the past two days.

NT Sione Po’uha (back), DL Kenrick Ellis (MCL sprain), WR Clyde Gates (shoulder) and S Eric Smith (knee sprain) are not expected to practice, according to Ryan. The coach also said LB Bart Scott (toe), TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), WR Stephen Hill (hamstring), LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring), S LaRon Landry (heel/pitch count) and C Nick Mangold (ankle) are supposed to be limited.

Ryan has been noticeably vague when it comes to his injury updates. But the Jets coach insisted he isn’t hiding anything.

“No, I think I’ve been pretty well open,” he said. “I’m not just saying upper-body injury or something like that. I’m not saying that. …Sometimes competitive reasons or sometimes I don’t know yet. That’s probably it.”

Was that a not-so-veiled shot at ex-head coach Eric Mangini, who had a well-documented history of refusing to supply injury info.

Case in point: this 2008 flashback.

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