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Muhammad Wilkerson to play against the Giants?

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson looks on during

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson looks on during training camp at the Atlantic Health Training Center on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 in Florham Park, N.J. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

There have been times when Muhammad Wilkerson's recovery from a hamstring injury has seemed painstakingly deliberate. Come Saturday, though, the defensive end could be ready to make one big leap on that injured tendon of his.

Jets coach Todd Bowles said that Wilkerson, who Sunday night practiced for only the third time since injuring his hamstring Aug. 2, would play against the Giants, barring any more setbacks. Bowles added that he hoped Wilkerson could play with the starters.

"He's feeling a lot better," Bowles said. "He's moving pretty good. We're bringing him along slowly."

Wilkerson did some moderate work Sunday night -- he participated in a few position drills, played a handful of reps with the second-team defense, and didn't look worse for wear when he chased a scrambling Bryce Petty out of the pocket.

The Jets practiced at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium as part of the team's Family Night.

A careerlong Jet, Wilkerson is still seeking a long-term deal, but the focus recently has been on getting him healthy for at least one preseason game.

He didn't participate in the Jets' last practice Wednesday, and said then that the Jets were planning to take it slow with the injury. And although Bowles said Wilkerson is in "good condition," it will take some acclimation to get him into football-playing condition, something that wasn't lost on Wilkerson.

"I just need practice reps to get into the flow," he said. "I haven't been out there in weeks, so I need to catch up a little bit."

Wilkerson seemed a hair more cautious than Bowles, and noted his availability Saturday will be completely dependent on how the injury progresses. "I hope , but my hamstring, I've got to make sure it feels good throughout the week," he said. "It felt good today. That's why I got some reps with the team, so hopefully, I continue to progress throughout the week."

Jets injuries mount. OLB Lorenzo Mauldin left practice with an apparent knee injury . . . All three Jets who suffered concussions Friday -- WR Jeremy Kerley, S Durell Eskridge and RB back Daryl Richardson -- didn't suit up . . . WR Chris Owuso, who suffered a concussion earlier this month, returned to practice in a red no-contact jersey . . . S Calvin Pryor, who missed last week due to a death in the family, rejoined the team.

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