Saturday, January 9, 2010

Jets LB Harris may be unavailable against Bengals

Because of the sprained right ankle that kept him out of practice for two consecutive days, the New York Jets linebacker David Harris may not be going to put on his Jets jersey for this Saturday’s first-round playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Harris was injured in the Jets’ 37-0 blowout win over the Bengals last Sunday because of what he thought was an illegal chop block. He had to skip two days of practice before returning Thursday but still felt “kind of stiff” with the ankle after practice.

Although Harris himself said that he hopes to play Saturday, Jets Coach Rex Ryan said earlier this week that the team will give Harris as much time as he needs to recover fully from the injury. So it is likely that the leading tackler on the league’s top-ranked defense will miss Saturday’s game, perhaps along with cornerback Donald Strickland, who had a quadriceps injury that sidelined him last week.

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