FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Although he missed his second straight practice Wednesday, David Harris' sprained ankle is apparently progressing and the Jets believe the hard-hitting linebacker will be a game-time decision on Saturday.
Coach Rex Ryan said Harris, the Jets' leading tackler who's also third on the team in sacks, was able to move around more on his ankle Wednesday. That gives him hope the third-year linebacker is inching closer to a return to the field, and Ryan was confident that's indeed the case. "I think he'll go just because of the guy he is," Ryan said. "I know he's jogging on it, so hopefully he'll be able to practice, but more importantly play."
Just the fact that Harris was able to do a little bit of light work was a positive sign for the Jets, who obviously want to be at full strength defensively to stop Carson Palmer & Co.
"It's encouraging," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "I think he started to run a little bit today, but this time of year you want to be healthy and all guns a-blazing. And for us to have one of our key guys a game-time decision, I think is an issue for us."
Steve Weatherford returned to practice and "punted really well today," special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said. "In fact, today might be one of the best days he's had." . . . Jerricho Cotchery (hip), Shaun Ellis (knee), Donald Strickland (quad) and Ryan Fowler (head) were all limited in practice . . . Thomas Jones (knee) was added to the injury report because he has a little swelling, but Ryan said he should be fine.