It's been a rough injury-plagued season for Donald Strickland.
He's missed six games due to injuries in his first season in green and white. Whether it was the high ankle sprain he suffered against the Titans in Week 3 that sidelined him for a month, the concussion that came against the Patriots last month or the quad injury he picked up when he sacked Colts backup quarterback Curtis Painter on Indianapolis' final offensive play Sunday, Strickland hasn't been able to fight off the injury bug
His latest bite isn't going to heal enough in time for Sunday.
Strickland sat out his second straight day of practice and the seventh-year pro likely won't be able to go in what should be the final game at Giants Stadium.
"It doesn’t look that good right now," Rex Ryan said. "He’s missed two days of practice so that’ll be a stretch to see if he goes. But we should be good. We’ve got good depth. Hopefully, he can get well. I know he’s trying like heck to play, but I don’t think he will."
RB Thomas Jones and FB Tony Richardson, who were purposely held out of practice yesterday to give them some rest, returned to practice today, as did Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. He had an unspecified illness, though he joked he had the Ochocinco flu. Revis is fine and should be ready to go Sunday, a game he doesn't want to miss because a win means the third-year lockdown corner is in the playoffs for the first time in his young career.
"I’d be happy," Revis said. "I’d be so happy because that is the next step of getting to the Super Bowl for us as a team. This is the goal that we all talked about having during training camp. And the outcome of this whole season, we didn’t ever expect it to go this way. How much we were up, down, up, down. And to come out like this, we’ve got to take advantage of it."
"We expect to be in," Ryan said. "I think it’s going to be a huge disappointment if we don't make it."
Remember Braylon Edwards' comments yesterday stating the Jets are going to win Sunday? Well, I had to ask Mr. Confidence himself about Edwards' strong words and Rex didn't seem phased in the least that Edwards basically guaranteed a victory.
"We go into every game with that mentality, that not only are we not going to lose, but we are going to try to win it," Ryan said. "Now, obviously that hasn’t happened in every game this year but that’s the mentality you try to take into it. So I’m not surprised by his comments whatsoever. I think we all expect to win."
Maybe, but in order for that to happen this week, Ryan knows the key to victory (whether Marvin Lewis plays his starters long or not) starts with the Jets' top-ranked rushing attach versus the Bengals' second-ranked run defense.
"I think this game is going to be won on who can run it on the ground," he said. "Who can run it the best, who can defend it the best, obviously, I think has a huge advantage in this game."