The Jets were relieved when Nick Mangold's test results came back Monday. "Everything was negative,'' coach Todd Bowles said on a conference call.
With a minute left in Sunday's 30-23 loss at New England, Mangold was forced to leave the game with a neck injury. The center lay motionless on the turf as a few teammates and Patriots players knelt nearby. After being helped to his feet by the Jets' medical staff, Mangold walked to the sideline under his own power and was carted to the locker room.
He was spotted wearing a neck brace after the game, but Bowles said Monday that Mangold has only a sore neck.
It's unclear whether the 10-year veteran will play Sunday at Oakland. When Bowles was asked about his level of concern, he said: "Well, not as much as it would have been had the X-rays showed something else. I don't know the timetable on him getting better. I just know that it's not as bad as we thought it was. He's sore and he's got to get treatment and everything else and see if it loosens up.''
Jets guard Willie Colon said his O-line buddy is "in good spirits'' and "doing everything he can'' to be ready for the Raiders. Colon acknowledged how critical Mangold's absence is for the offense.
"He's everything for us,'' Colon said. "He's pretty much a coach on the field. His value is huge . . . I don't think anyone can replace him.''
In other injury news, Bowles said running back Chris Ivory has "a little tightness in his thigh'' and safety Calvin Pryor has a sprained ankle. Cornerback Buster Skrine has a finger injury, "but he should be OK.''