Jets still down Mo Wilkerson, Bilal Powell as Patriots game nears | Injury report

The Jets are hurting as they ready for the Patriots.

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FLORHAM PARK — The Jets may be a bit shorthanded for Sunday’s game against the defending Super Bowl champs. 

For the second-straight day, running back Bilal Powell and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson didn’t work. The two were inside during the team stretch. As the media walked inside, both came out, but, unlike their teammates, were not in pads. 

Coach Todd Bowles didn’t rule either out after practice Thursday, but didn’t seem overly optimistic about their chances of playing against the Patriots

Wilkerson, who suffered a Grade 1 AC joint sprain against the Raiders in Week 3, is now dealing with an unspecified toe injury. Neither Bowles nor Wilkerson has provided specifics. On Wednesday, Wilkerson suggested reporters “ask Todd,” while Bowles wouldn’t say anything more than, “it’s a toe injury.”

On Thursday, Bowles did leave open the possibility Wilkerson’s toe could require surgery.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “If he’s feeling bad it probably will be. If he’s not it won’t be.” 

Powell is ailed by a strained calf suffered in last week’s win over the Browns. According to former NFL team doctor David J. Chao, as written by Kevin Acee, the injury could keep Powell out a bit. 

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Going back and looking at the video of a catch at the end of the first half last week against the Browns, it appears Powell suffered a significant calf strain. He limped off flat-footed and did not contract his calf muscle or push off on the ball of his right foot.
Powell is fortunate it was not an Achilles tendon injury and, thus, has avoided surgery.
Still, the problem is that calf injuries tend to linger, especially for explosive athletes. A running back needs a healthy calf to run on his toes and plant and cut.

THE WALKING WOUNDED: Aside from Powell and Wilkerson, the Jets are relatively healthy. Defensive end Kony Ealy and running back Matt Forte were limited. Cornerbacks Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts practiced fully. 

Forte’s return would be a welcomed addition for the Jets. He missed the last two games. In the first three, Forte ran for 94 yards, and averaged 4.1 yards per rush. 

“I want to play,” Forte said. 

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TOUGH GRADER: Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams had a season-high nine tackles against the Browns, but wasn’t happy with his play. He gave himself “below an F” as a grade. 

“I’m my biggest critic, man,” Adams said. “I don’t like to give up touchdowns. I don’t like to get caught on it. My grade that I give myself is below an F.” 

Adams gave up one touchdown against the Browns. In the third quarter, he undercut a route. Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan then threw it over Adams’ head. Tight end David Njoku made a diving, one-handed catch for the score. 

Adams saw it as a learning moment. 

“It’s about locking in more and having better eyes,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.” 

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