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Out of the fog, Jeremy Kerley ready to play

Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley runs with the

Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley runs with the football during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Aug. 24, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Jeremy Kerley didn’t hesitate.

Despite sporting a red non-contact jersey just a little while earlier, the Jets slot receiver declared Tuesday he was ready to face the Buffalo Bills.

“A-1,” said Kerley, who suffered a concussion in Week 1 after being hit by Bucs safety Mark Barron.

He also said he began to feel better a few days after “getting out of the fog a little bit.”

But while he said he's "100 percent" ready to play, Kerley admitted it’s not 100 percent guaranteed he’ll suit up Sunday against the Bucs. “I still have a couple things that I have to do,” he said. “That’s why I was in a red jersey. When I’m fully cleared, I’ll be out of the red jersey, but I guess we’ll see hopefully by Wednesday.”

Soon after, Rex Ryan tried to temper expectations about Kerley – and defensive players Quinton Coples (fractured ankle) and Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle sprain).

“We’ll see how it goes,” the Jets' head coach said. “Certainly, they’re getting closer. I can see they’re definitely getting closer. When you’re looking at Kerley’s situation, obviously he had the concussion, so there are a bunch of different hoops that he’s got to go through, different doctors and all that kind of stuff.

“With Quinton, he just had surgery like three weeks ago but I know he has been doing an unbelievable job in his rehab. That would be something if we can get him back. I’m not sure how possible that is, but we’ll see. I think the list on Wednesday will give guys time because guys are pushing it. We’ll see how they do, how they come in on Wednesday, but like I said, I think for a team that just played two games in five days, I think we’re doing pretty decent, though, health-wise.”

Wilkerson told reporters he suffered an ankle sprain when he stepped on another player’s foot and rolled his ankle Thursday night in New England. Despite “a little soreness,” he said he practiced fully on Monday.

“I should be fine,” he said, adding that he participated fully in practice.


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