On Thursday, linebacker, defensive lineman Quinton Coples took a cautious approach to queries about his physical status after undergoing an ankle procedure in the preseason. But after completing his first full week of practice with the Jets since the surgery on Friday, head coach Rex Ryan pronounced Coples "probable" and then added, "He's playing."
Ryan said Coples "won't get a full slate" of plays, but the coach indicated Coples is ready for spot duty and maybe a little more against Buffalo Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Clearly appreciative of the effort Coples has made to get back on the field quickly, Ryan said, "I don't know how he did it, but he did it."
Aside from Coples, backup offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, who injured a knee on Thursday, is the only player on the roster who was declared out. But Ryan said Aboushi's dislocated knee is not a serious injury, and he is expected to return soon. Everyone else on the roster nursing an injury was listed as probable, including defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis (back), who remained off to the side in the portion of Friday's practice viewed by the media. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot) stretched separately but took part in positional passing drills. His practice routine likely will be limited all season to preserve him for games.
With a big smile, Ryan said, "We've got a healthy team."