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Rhodes back in good graces of Pettine

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Demoted from the starting lineup for the first two games of the Jets' current 6-1 streak, safety Kerry Rhodes apparently is back in the good graces of defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Discussing Rhodes' improvement, Pettine hinted for the first time that the demotion had as much to do with Rhodes' off-the-field interests as his performance.

"I have no issues with Kerry," Pettine said. "Guys are going to do what they do off the field. We just want to make sure it doesn't affect their job. It's my job to make sure guys have bought in and are doing what it takes for us to be successful. And Kerry has responded.

"He's paid attention to detail and he's prepared well. I think the situation that occurred with him was maybe a little bit of a wake-up call. From what we've seen, I think he realized what had happened and didn't want it to happen again. So he's elevated his level of play."

Oh, brother

Jets coach Rex Ryan said his brother Rob, who is Cleveland's defensive coordinator, is only one of the people he's contacted for help in preparing for the Chargers. "You reach out to your buddies you've made throughout the years, and if they have certain insight, you will take it and use what you think [works]," Ryan said.

Joking about his brother's losing record against the Chargers, Rex Ryan said, "He had to play them five years and I don't think they ever beat them, so everything he said, I tried to do the opposite."

Harris ready to go

LB David Harris, who overcame a mild high ankle sprain to play in the wild-card game in Cincinnati, practiced fully . . . QB Erik Ainge missed practice with a migraine headache and DE Shaun Ellis (knee) was limited. Everyone else on the injury report participated fully, including RB Thomas Jones (knee), who rested the previous day.

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