FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Trumaine Johnson has been mostly a bystander, watching and giving some Jets teammates advice while nursing a quad injury. But Johnson was back on the field Thursday, fully participating in practice for the first time in more than a month.
If the veteran cornerback doesn’t have any setbacks in the next couple of days, Johnson should be cleared to play Sunday against the Bills.
“It’s been a month and a couple of days so I’m definitely ready,” Johnson said. “Just sitting out there, supporting the team, my teammates, it’s a different feeling. I’m anxious to get back out there.”
Johnson was the Jets’ big free-agent signing. They gave the former Ram a five-year, $72-million contract ($34 million guaranteed) to be their No. 1 corner. But Johnson hasn’t been able to help them much.
He has played in only four games, and was badly beaten by Jaguars receiver Donte Moncrief for a touchdown the last time he played. A few days later, Johnson hurt his quad in practice.
Johnson said it’s been difficult not being able to make an impact with his new team.
“Most definitely,” he said. “But my focus was on doing everything I can helping guys out in the games. Physically, I couldn’t be there but mentally I was there the whole way. But now coming back and doing more and more daily, I can go out there and compete.”
It’s looking more and more likely that the Jets will have a new quarterback-center combo against the Bills.
Josh McCown is starting for Sam Darnold (foot) and Jonotthan Harrison would replace center Spencer Long if he can’t play. Long (finger/knee) didn’t practice for the second straight day. He had snapping issues in Miami because of the finger and was replaced by Harrison late in the game.
Receivers Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and Robby Anderson (ankle), defensive lineman Steve McLendon (ankle) and tight end Neal Sterling (concussion) haven’t practiced yet this week.