Florham Park, N.J.– Rex Ryan has ruled out Sione Po’uha and Eric Smith for Sunday’s game against the Bills, but said he expects everyone else to play. Ryan said Po’uha has made improvements and has been begging him to play, but the Jets clearly don’t want to risk further injury and feel comfortable enough with Kenrick Ellis starting in place of Po’uha.
Smith has been expected to miss the game and with the additions of LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, Smith would’ve been the third safety if healthy. With Smith out rookie Josh Bush will serve as the third safety. Ryan said he feels good about both Smith and Po’uha being able to play next week.
With the emergence of Ellis along with with Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Mike DeVito (who told reporters his calf is at 100 percent), the Jets shouldn’t miss Po’uha too much against the Bills this week.
Dustin Keller is not nearly as easy to replace, fortunately for the Jets Ryan said Keller is, “ready to roll.” The Jets have some serious depth issues at tight end and if Keller had to miss time it would be a big loss for this offense, but it appears that is one problem the Jets don’t have to worry about.
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