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Woody practices, prepared to play

Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody.

Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody. Credit: Getty Images

Damien Woody hedged a bit, pondering if he would've been able to go two days ago.

"I don’t know," the right tackle said. "If I had to do it, probably. But luckily for us that situation didn’t come up. So, I’m just getting extra time to go out here and rehab a little more and get a little healthy. Now we are here in the postseason, so it’s time to go."

Woody returned to the practice field today for truly the first time in a while, not a moment too soon for the Jets given their date with the likes of Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night.

He's been recovering from the arthroscopic surgery he had on his right knee Dec. 15, and even though he made a brief appearance at last Friday's practice, today represented the first time in weeks that he did some actual work on the field with his teammates.      

Although he was limited because the Jets didn't want him to suffer any setbacks, Woody participated in some of the team drills and didn't report any lingering pain. 

"Just sore," he said. "I haven’t done anything like that in awhile. I wasn't even practicing even before the surgery. So, this is my first time really practicing in a long time. It felt good to get out there, and moving around, and doing some things that I hadn't done in a long time. Each day, I’ll try to do a little bit. They’ve kind of limited me a little more and [we'll] just build toward Saturday."

Woody targeted a return this weekend all along.

"Yeah, that’s what I’ve been working toward the whole time," he said. "I’ve been behind the scenes, just doing my thing. Guys have done a pretty good job getting to this point and now I have an opportunity to come back, and really help this team in the postseason. And I plan on doing that."

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