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Mangold optimistic he'll play Sunday

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Nick Mangold didn't like sitting around his house Sunday, forced to watch the Jets fall through the proverbial trap door against the Raiders in Oakland because he was rehabbing a high ankle sprain.

"It was very difficult just watching the game at home, knowing that you are helpless to do anything other than mess with the remote," the All-Pro center said this afternoon standing in front of his locker. "It was not a fun thing."

He's hopeful it's only going to be a one-shot deal.

Mangold, who has shed his walking boot, didn't practice today, doing strictly individual work on the side along with cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who's nursing bruised a lung and ribs. However, he's optimistic he'll be out there when the Jets take on the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Sunday night.  

“Very much," said Mangold, who had his 82-game regular-season streak snapped. "It’s moving along nicely. Hopefully we’ll be able to."

Mangold said his regimen remains day-to-day and his right ankle seems to be responding "well." As of now, he's not quite sure what the plan for tomorrow or Friday is, but Rex Ryan indicated he likely won't be practicing.

That doesn't mean Mangold won't be lobbying to be out there, something he thinks may be a bit easier this week as opposed to what transpired a week ago. 

"I think this week is better than last week, definitely," he said. "Hopefully we don’t need to convince them and we can do it."

Ryan said Mangold doesn't necessarily have to practice in order to play, but still didn't seem very sure of the Pro Bowlers status. The same could be said for Cromartie, who didn't appear in the locker room today.

"I'm hopeful that both will play," Ryan said. "I would think Cro's probably ahead of Nick, but I'm hopeful both would play. I'm not real sure though."

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