Rex Ryan “not sure” if Antwan Barnes will be available for start of camp

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Jets outside linebacker Antwan Barnes, who tore his right ACL in the club’s October 7 win at Atlanta, is still on the mend, and his status for the start of training camp in July is uncertain, head coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Wednesday.

“Will he be ready for training camp, I’m not sure, but I don’t expect him to be at the rest of the OTAs and the mandatory camp. He’s not ready to do that,” Ryan said Wednesday, according to a transcript from the club. “Certainly, he gives us that punch and that suddenness off the edge that certainly we hope he is able to get back to us.”

Ryan indicated that Barnes had “some different issues with his surgery” but was healing.

“It’s slow, but he’s getting better,” Ryan said.

The 29-year-old Barnes appeared in five games for the Jets in 2013, notching two sacks. He played 152 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. He joined the club as a free agent last offseason from San Diego. Should he return to health, Barnes would likely at least contribute in some passing situations for New York.