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Jets activate LI's Mike Catapano

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano acknowledges

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano acknowledges fans while walking to the locker room after a 28-2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 8, 2013. Photo Credit: AP

HOUSTON - Although Quincy Enunwa's return to the field could bolster the Jets' offense, they likely will be without one of their top defensive stars Sunday when they face the Houston Texans. But that made room for one of Long Island's own.

On Saturday, the Jets (5-4) put Enunwa, a second-year receiver, on the active roster and signed defensive end Mike Catapano off the practice squad. The promotion of Catapano, a Chaminade and Princeton alumnus from Bayville, likely means defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (hamstring) will be inactive against the Texans (4-5). Richardson did not practice all week, and coach Todd Bowles said Friday that the lineman would be a game-time decision.

Catapano, 25, became the first Princeton player drafted in more than a decade when the Chiefs selected him in the seventh round in 2013. He played in 15 games as a rookie, getting a sack, but spent last season on injured reserve because of a gastrointestinal virus and a concussion.

He was released by the Chiefs on Sept. 5 and signed to the Jets' practice squad three days later.

Meanwhile, Enunwa just finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. He was arrested on Aug. 31, 2014 and charged with "domestic violence simple assault" after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend in a Florham Park, New Jersey hotel room.

To make room on the roster, the Jets also placed RB Zac Stacy (ankle) on injured reserve and waived S Ronald Martin.

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