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Leonard Williams' back bothering him, misses practice for Jets

Broncos quarterback Case Keenum is sacked by Jets

Broncos quarterback Case Keenum is sacked by Jets defensive end Leonard Williams during the first half of a game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Credit: Lee S. Weissman/Lee S. Weissman

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A new addition, and very important player, popped up on the Jets’ injury report Thursday. Leonard Williams did not practice because of a back issue.

Todd Bowles said Williams woke up with back pain Thursday morning, and he doesn’t know how serious it is.

“We’ll see,” Bowles said.

The Jets coach rarely, if ever, reveals much about a player’s health. But backs can be tricky. It would be a big loss if Williams can’t play Sunday against Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Williams is coming off a strong game against the Broncos. The defensive end matched his sack total from all of last season with two in the win. Williams had one solo and was in on two others.

The Jets could also be without other key defensive players as cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson (quad) and Buster Skrine (concussion) have missed both practices this week. Running back Isaiah Crowell (ankle) also sat out both practices.

Bowles would rather have injured players practice before he plays them in a game. But he said that’s not a requirement, and hinted that some could be game-time decisions. The only one he’s ruled out Sunday is Charone Peake (hamstring).

“I’d like to see all of them practice,” Bowles said. “Some of them have work habits that I understand and I trust. Some will go to Sunday, some may not.”

Good to see Kacy

Safety Marcus Maye said it was nice to see defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers in the building Wednesday. Rodgers, who has a serious health issue, visited for a little while and did some work in his office.

“I spoke to him and stuff like that and made sure everything’s OK,” Maye said. “It was good. Just to have him in the building and see his presence and see him up and moving was definitely a plus for us.”

Rodgers didn’t coach last week. Bowles said there’s “still a chance” Rodgers could coach Sunday.

Jet streams

Maye, who set a record for the longest return that didn’t result in a touchdown when he took an interception 104 yards before being tackled at the 1-yard line, said he’s seen the play “a bunch. I laugh every time I see it.” … Bowles’ college coach and former boss with the Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, will be working Sunday’s game for CBS. Bowles was asked if he was worried that Arians would give away any secrets on TV. “Hopefully, not any college secrets,” Bowles said. “I try to keep that chapter closed. That would be scary.”

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