Jets’ Ellis Sits Out, Steelers’ McFadden Returns
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis sat out practice Friday with a knee ailment, but coach Rex Ryan said he’ll play in the AFC championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ellis was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report after having two sacks and playing a terrific all-around game in New York’s 28-21 win at New England last Sunday.
Wide receiver-kick returner Brad Smith (groin), safety James Ihedigbo (right knee/ankle) and defensive back Drew Coleman (knee) were limited and also listed as questionable.
“They’re playing, OK?” Ryan said. “That’s pretty much it.”
Steelers starting cornerback Bryant McFadden practiced for the first time this week after sustaining an abdominal injury during a playoff victory against Baltimore last Saturday.
McFadden said he will see how he feels Saturday before a decision is made about playing when the Steelers (13-4) host the New York Jets (13-5).
Nickel back William Gay would start if McFadden can’t play.
Safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles’ tendon) also returned to practice, as expected, and will play Sunday. Special teamers Will Allen (knee) and Arnez Battle (illness) practiced for the first time this week as well.
DE Aaron Smith has been limited in practice all week, and it is considered extremely unlikely he will play Sunday. Smith has not played since Oct. 24, when he tore a triceps muscle in a win at Miami.
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