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Rex Ryan says Mangold could play without practicing

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Jets center Nick Mangold continues to miss practice after suffering a high ankle sprain on September 18.  On Thursday, however, coach Rex Ryan suggested that Mangold could still play on Sunday night against the Ravens.

“I’m encouraged that he’s getting better,” Ryan said of Mangold.  “Each day, he seems to be getting better.  He hasn’t practiced, but he definitely feels like he’s getting better.  The thing that’s encouraging about that is he’s doing some things, like stepping over deals, doing some change of direction things and some movement things where it’s not getting worse.  It’s actually feeling better the next day, so I’m encouraged by that.”

Ryan said that it’s not necessary that Mangold return to practice before playing.  “Guys, I’m not one of those ‘he has to practice’ guys,” Ryan said.  “We’re talking about Nick Mangold here, so, no.  He doesn’t have to practice.

Ryan said that, barring a setback, he’ll make a decision about Mangold’s availability on Sunday.

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13 Responses to “Rex Ryan says Mangold could play without practicing”
  1. icancountcanyou says: Sep 29, 2011 11:42 PM

    Oh yeah? Well Namath says Rex makes his injured players feel less injured than they really are and that is a bad thing.

  2. souldogdave says: Sep 30, 2011 12:24 AM

    The sweetest thing was my Raiders shutting loudmouth Ryan up for about 20 minutes.

  3. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 30, 2011 12:50 AM

    Good luck trying to stop Haloti Ngata after not playing for nearly three weeks.

  4. rwjk says: Sep 30, 2011 1:06 AM

    Ngata is going to have a field day. Can’t wait to see that

  5. nahcouldntbethat says: Sep 30, 2011 1:15 AM

    Haloti Ngata vs Colin Baxter.

    I’ll bet that thought is running through Ryan’s mind every night as he tries to get to sleep.

  6. favreforever says: Sep 30, 2011 1:46 AM

    It’s why they call him Nick Mangled.

  7. coachkenny64 says: Sep 30, 2011 6:44 AM

    Not exactly sure what “stepping over deals” is Rex, but something tells me that trying to block 350 pounds of Haloti Ngata is going to be a little bit more difficult.

  8. marjax says: Sep 30, 2011 7:52 AM

    I like how you guys keep bringing up Ngata, when he pretty much plays over the guard. Terrence Cody is more of the nose tackle in the Ravens system, and he’ll be lined up on Mangold more frequently.

    Even so, Mangold is the best center in the league, has been for a few years. I’m sure he’ll do just fine, practice or not. As long as he’s mostly healthy anyway

  9. brooklynfinest says: Sep 30, 2011 8:10 AM

    Thank you Marjax, I was just about to say the same thing. Best center in the league.

  10. marcoc630 says: Sep 30, 2011 10:12 AM

    So-Who cares if he is the best center in the league? Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the league and if he is injured then…..oh, right

  11. chadmurdigan says: Sep 30, 2011 10:18 AM

    Keep him out another week so you don’t lose him for the year. Those high ankle sprains need lots of time to heal properly.

  12. RexCanCoach says: Sep 30, 2011 11:00 AM

    @ souldog

    Actually the sweetest thing for me is going to be watching the Raiders go 5-11 this year and missing the playoffs again.

    Raider fans = Dolphin fans, they only get excited when their team beats the Jets despite the fact that their teams are consistent losers.

  13. coachkenny64 says: Sep 30, 2011 2:44 PM

    Not sure how many Ravens’ games you see marjax, but Ngata will play anywhere and everywhere along the D-line.

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