In the Jets’ first true, full-contact, “rock ‘em, sock ‘em” practice of training camp, Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold was shaken up on a goal line play and had to be led into the locker room.
He walked off the field under his own power. According to a team spokesman, Mangold was diagnosed with a stinger and is listed as day-to-day.
Mangold was buried under a pile of bodies after running back Shonn Greene soared over the line to score from three yards out on the final goalline play of the afternoon.
The Jets were practicing their goalline and short yardage situations for the first time all camp, and Mangold’s bang up put a damper on an otherwise smooth series of plays.
*-- Quarterback Mark Sanchez completed one short touchdown pass to tight end Matthew Mulligan and Greene later rushed into the end zone on a power run behind the right guard Vladimir Ducasse.
*-- Backup quarterback Greg McElroy also zipped home a nice touchdown pass to FB Brian Toal for a TD.
*-- With four days before the Jets’ preseason opener against Houston, it was clear Rex Ryan has been itching to start some real smash-mouth practicing.
“If you think about it, it’s really the first hitting we’ve done since that Pittsburgh game with the No. 1 guys,” Ryan said before practice. “I’m sure it will be fun and lively out there.”
Indeed it was. The defense — led by the vocal Darrelle Revis — whooped and hollered after every stop, and the offense echoed. Naturally there was even another brief fight, one that petered out quickly. The fans were into it, too.
*-- Plaxico Burress practiced briefly but didn’t catch any passes in team drills.
*-- Rookie defensive lineman Mo Wilkerson made one of the defensive highlights of the day when he chased Sanchez out of bounds on a scramble to his left on the first play of full 11-on-11s.
*-- And defensive back Marquice Cole returned to the field after missing the early parts of camp for personal reasons. Cole participated in drills but not in live contact.