FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Muhammad Wilkerson participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since returning from a broken leg.
“He ran around fine, but he’s still got some ways to go before he gets in shape,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday.
Wilkerson has already said he expects to be ready for Week 1, but it’s unclear when he’ll see preseason action. The defensive end didn’t play in last week’s preseason opener against Jacksonville and Bowles said the coaching staff will decide “in the next day or so” whether Wilkerson and other players will suit up for Friday night’s game in Washington.
Receiver Brandon Marshall has been “excused for a day or two” of practice, according to Bowles, but he will play in Friday’s game. The coach also said it was not disciplinary.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Deon Simon had feared the worst when he couldn’t reach his mother. “The A T&T service was down, so I was panicking,” the first-year defensive lineman told Newsday of the deadly flooding back home.
“They kept saying the water was rising overnight, so I didn’t want her to get stuck in that and not have a way out.”
It turns out, Simon’s mother was fine and the rising waters never made it to her home in the Glen Oaks area. But many were not as fortunate.
As of Tuesday evening, 11 people had been pronounced dead because of the historic flooding. Said Simon: “A lot of my friends lost a lot. Basically just lost everything.”
Nick Mangold was given a rest day so coaches could check out other backup centers . . . RB Romar Morris (shoulder), S Doug Middleton and TE Wes Saxton (legs) did not practice, in addition to RT Breno Giacomini (back) and WR Devin Smith (ACL), who are still on the PUP list . . . RBs Khiry Robinson (leg) and Dominique Williams (concussion) were limited . . . RB Bernard Pierce (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve and RB Antone Smith was signed. Before playing in Chicago last season, Smith spent six seasons in Atlanta.