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Jets Q&A: Nick Mangold and Percy Harvin sidelined

Nick Mangold #74 of the New York Jets

Nick Mangold #74 of the New York Jets is taken off the field with an injury during a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

How serious are the injuries to Nick Mangold and Percy Harvin?

The Jets suffered a major scare when Mangold went down with a left ankle injury midway through the second quarter Sunday and did not return. The center, who has missed only two games in his nine-year career, had to be loaded onto a cart and driven off the field.

Complicating matters for the Jets' offense was the absence of receiver/return man Percy Harvin, who missed most of the second half because of a rib injury.

"It killed us," Rex Ryan said of losing both players. He added of Harvin: "Dang, we thought we had a mismatch in there with Harvin . . . That really hurt."

Mangold, who wore a boot on his left foot and needed crutches to move around the locker room, was injured when 325-pound Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork fell on his ankle. Mangold said X-rays were negative and more tests are planned Monday.

"It doesn't appear to be broken, so that's a blessing," said Ryan, who praised backup Dalton Freeman.

It's unclear if Mangold will be able to play in the season finale in Miami, but he wouldn't say his season is over. "We have one more game," said Mangold, who missed two games during the 2011 season with a right ankle injury. "We're going to go out there and try to get that win. We'll find out [if I can play]. I would only expect to."

More than 20 Jets and Patriots players circled Mangold as he was helped onto the cart.

Said former Jet Darrelle Revis: "You saw the crowd of players on both teams around him and that's because everyone has a lot of respect for Nick and what he has done in this league . . . It was devastating to see him go down. He was grabbing his leg and screaming, so you knew it was serious. You don't want that to happen to a guy like him. He has great character and I know him personally. My heart goes out to his family."

What did Nick Folk say after his missed field goal?

The kicker's late-game woes continued with a failed 52-yard attempt with 5:16 left. The miss -- the kick was tipped by Wilfork -- came after Geno Smith was sacked for a loss of 10 on third-and-4 at the Patriots' 24.

"I feel like I was hitting the ball pretty well today. It's a bummer. The last one, I didn't get a chance to see it go in," Folk said.

In the Jets' 27-25 loss in Foxborough in Week 7, Chris Jones blocked Folk's 58-yard field-goal attempt as time expired.

Folk, who has been nursing a hip flexor injury, offered no excuses for his miss. He said of the injury: "It's getting better every day, so I'm going to keep going and finish the season strong."

What play would Smith like to have back?

He said he thought he did "a pretty good job" of making decisions, though he noted he can't take sacks in key situations. He threw a third-quarter interception that set up a Patriots' touchdown, but Smith lamented the offense's red-zone inefficiency most of all.

"I think the biggest play to me was the play to Jeremy [Kerley] where I had a chance to throw a touchdown and missed it by a few inches.'' he said. "If we score that touchdown, I think it's a different ballgame."

Any milestones we should know about?

David Harris surpassed 1,000 career tackles when he and Calvin Pace teamed for a sack of Tom Brady in the first quarter. Harris is only the fourth Jet to reach the milestone, joining linebackers Mo Lewis, Marvin Jones and Kyle Clifton. Harris finished with 10 tackles and has 1,008 in his career.


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