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Ryan optimistic Wilkerson will return Sunday against Titans

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson after

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson after losing to the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday Oct. 12, 2014. Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman

Muhammad Wilkerson might be able to come back from his toe injury Sunday against Tennessee. "They have ordered a special shoe for him," Rex Ryan said of the Jets defensive end. "So hopefully he will have an opportunity to get on the grass this week and we will see how he has progressed."

Ryan mentioned Wilkerson's 2013 season when he was talking about Sheldon Richardson's case for the Pro Bowl, and how the Jets' record could work against him. "Last year we thought Mo for sure would go. He gets voted All-Pro or something and doesn't go to the Pro Bowl."

Tight end Jace Amaro (concussion) also was a source of the coach's optimism. "I feel good that Jace is coming along," Ryan said. "Again, that goes through that concussion protocol but the arrow seems to be pointing up." As of Monday, Amaro had not been cleared to practice, but Ryan said, "I think it looks good."

Antonio Allen might be able to play against the Titans in Tennessee despite having sustained a broken hand against the Vikings Sunday.

 

Geno: Percy a great catch

Who knows how much better Geno Smith's season would have been had he been able to throw to Percy Harvin since Week One? It's a moot point, especially since Harvin is unlikely to play Sunday because of an ankle injury. Still, the receiver has made an impression on the quarterback.

"He's a phenomenal player," Smith said. "First of all, [he is] a great teammate, a guy who's very positive despite what's going on with this team. His track record speaks for itself. He has passion for the game, loves what he does, he's a hard worker in practice. Really, truly, we appreciate having him. He's come in from day one and put the work in and gotten along with the guys in the receiver group. He's been one of the leaders on the team since the day he got here."

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