A hand, an ankle and the flu.
These are big stories with the winning Jets.
The team’s three biggest stars all have some injury or illness attached to their names, as is often the case when an NFL season reaches Week 15.
The Jets won for the fourth time in five games Sunday despite playing without Jamal Adams and Le’Veon Bell, both of whom could return even on a short week of preparation for Thursday against the Ravens. And Sam Darnold survived having his hand stepped on to lead the winning drive against the Dolphins.
Adams’ return from a sprained left ankle would be especially timely given the task of slowing down the NFL’s top-ranked scoring and rushing offense, and No. 2-ranked total offense.
“I’m not going to count him out,” coach Adam Gase said. “I know how he feels about the whole situation. We have to look at it with trainers’, doctors’ perspective … all of us getting together. I know where Jamal stands on it. We just have to make sure we do the right thing by him.”
The flu-contagious Bell was expected to return to the facility to lift Monday night, after leaving early Friday and not attending the game.
“The doctor said that he is feeling better than he was,” Gase said, “and closer to being 100 percent than he what he was three days ago. The fact they are letting him back in the building is a positive. Hopefully everything is lined up to where he can play on Thursday.”
Darnold, who had a toenail removed earlier this season, shrugged off his hand pain. He was not listed on the report provided by Gase. Plenty of teammates were, however.
“It feels great,” Darnold said. “It didn’t affect me at all. It just got stepped on. There was just a little bit of bruising, but nothing crazy.”
Ryan Griffen (ankle), Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/knee), Bilal Powell (ankle/illness), Quinnen Williams (burner), Chuma Edoga (knee), and Brian Poole (concussion) would not have participated if the Jets practiced Monday, according to Gase.
Gase was 0-3 on “Thursday Night Football” as head coach of the Dolphins (2016-18). All were on the road.
“When you get beat on Thursday night, you try to do something different the next time,” Gase said. “We are trying something different this year.”
The Jets are holding evening walk-throughs this week.
“We are trying to put our guys in a position to get used to the later-night start,” Gase said.
Robby Anderson has 18 catches for 303 yards in the past three games, as he is duplicating his finish to last season, when Weeks 14-16 were his best.
“I can’t really tell you why,” Anderson said. “The season might not always start how you expect, but you have the ability to end it how you would hope.”
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