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Jets' Kenrick Ellis relieved to be at camp, out of jail

New York Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis walks

New York Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis walks on the field during training camp at Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, N.J. Credit: AP, 2011

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Books were his escape, the things that kept his mind off what he was missing on the outside.

For 23 days, Kenrick Ellis used novels by James Patterson and Robert T. Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" to pass the time in his Virginia jail cell. But those are moments he'd rather not think about. Instead, the Jets defensive tackle is relieved to be a step closer to playing football.

"After the season I've got to face that part, but for now, I'm trying to focus on football," said Ellis, who received a split 45-day sentence stemming from a 2010 incident in which he pleaded guilty to assault and battery. He will finish the rest of his sentence after the season.

Ellis, whom the Jets drafted in 2011, said coach Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson visited him in jail on separate occasions. Upon his release, he began training in New Jersey and did mixed martial arts with linebacker Bart Scott.

"I'm just happy that I'm here to participate in training camp," said the 345-pound Ellis, who passed his conditioning test Thursday. "I'm remorseful for what I did and I'm happy that I got that chapter over."

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Ryan said newly acquired T Jeff Otah hasn't met the terms of their trade agreement with Carolina, but he wouldn't comment further. Otah went on the active/PUP list after failing his physical. The deal will be voided if he doesn't pass it within the week . . . Rookie LB Demario Davis failed his physical after he "popped a hammy," according to Ryan, who doesn't think it's a severe injury . . . Former Redskins S LaRon Landry was activated off the active/PUP list but will be monitored in practice . . . G Matt Slauson (shoulder) and LB Bryan Thomas (Achilles, shoulder) will be "full go" in practice.

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