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.