FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Matt Slauson saw nothing wrong with his block on Brian Cushing, but the NFL didn't agree. A spokesman confirmed yesterday that the league will fine the Jets left guard $10,000 for his peel back block on Cushing that ended the Houston linebacker's season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Peel back blocks, which were deemed illegal in 2005, occur from behind and are made below the waist. Slauson said Wednesday that he didn't anticipate being fined because he and his coaches thought it was a legal hit.


Is Wildcat success, or not?

A day after Rex Ryan said the Jets would like to see the Wildcat be "more successful on the field," Tony Sparano said the formation's effectiveness depends on how "you gauge success."

"Right now, Tim is averaging 4.1 yards a carry," the offensive coordinator said. "I look at those things and I say, 'What is a positive play? What is a productive play for us?' . . . The Wildcat with me is not about chunk plays. It's about evening your numbers up in some of those situations and being able to block the eighth guy in the box."

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Hill a go, Smith no

Though he was limited in practice for a second straight day, Stephen Hill is expected to play Sunday, Ryan said. The rookie wideout hasn't played since Week 3 because of a hamstring injury. Safety Eric Smith will not face the Colts because of a knee sprain.


Jet stream

Ryan confirmed NT Kenrick Ellis has an MCL sprain and will miss 4-6 weeks. The coach has ruled out FB John Conner (hamstring) for Sunday, and is unsure if NT Sione Po'uha (back) and WR Clyde Gates (shoulder) will play. All four did not practice Thursday, in addition to C Nick Mangold (ankle) and Smith . . . TE Dustin Keller and LB Bryan Thomas (hamstrings) were limited . . . In response to the uproar over his Wednesday comment that Mark Sanchez is his starting quarterback "this week," Ryan began his presser by saying, "He's still our starter right now . . . It is amazing though, how things take off a little bit."