FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Bilal Powell, who has an ankle injury, is questionable for Sunday’s win-and-in matchup with the Bills in Buffalo.
And so is the weather.
Winds blowing at up to 20 mph and a 40 percent chance of precipitation are expected, according to weather.com. With temperatures hovering around the freezing point, the game could be played in the rain or in the snow.
Powell, the fifth-year running back who has been an integral part of the Jets’ rushing attack and passing game in recent weeks, sat out practice for a third straight day Friday. “If he’s not healthy, it will just hinder us just putting him out there,” said coach Todd Bowles, who has yet to activate a player on game day who hasn’t practiced all week.
“He’s an important part of what we do, but injuries at this point in the season are going to happen. We just have to keep going with the next-man-up attitude and they’re going to have to step in and play.”
The Jets (10-5) also could be without right tackle Breno Giacomini, who sprained an ankle last week against the Patriots. Unlike Powell, he was able to practice on a limited basis.
Giacomini noted that he has bruising down to his toes because of the injury. “As a player, you definitely want to play in every game,” he said, adding that he feels good but still is unsure of his status. “That’s something that I can’t really control. We’ll see how it goes, how it reacts to today. But right now I feel good. It will be tough not to go out there and battle with those guys, though.”
Bowles refused to say who will replace Giacomini if he can’t play. “We’re not going to reveal that right now. We’re still holding out hope,” he said.
Tight end Kellen Davis (foot) also did not practice and is questionable. No. 1 running back Chris Ivory (knee), defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (toe) and outside linebacker Calvin Pace (abdomen) were limited in practice but are probable.
Asked his level of optimism about Powell, Giacomini and Davis playing, Bowles said: “I’m going to have to see them work out Sunday morning.”
Notes & quotes: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was voted team MVP by the players. Other awards: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ed Block “Courage” Award and Kyle Clifton “Good Guy” Award; David Harris, Dennis Byrd Award as most inspirational player; Willie Colon, Marty Lyons Award for his community and charitable work, and Bryce Petty, Bill Hampton Award as the player who exemplifies what it means to be a professional.