By Peter Schwartz
Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress did not participate in Thursday’s walkthrough. It was not related to his injured ankle but instead was a scheduled excused absence for personal reasons.
Burress returned to the Atlantic Health Training Center in time to take part in the afternoon practice session that emphasized goal line and red zone.
Head Coach Rex Ryan disclosed that Burress didn’t take part in team drills on Tuesday because the swelling increased in the ankle but reiterated that the injury is minor. In fact, Ryan said he expects Burress to play a few snaps in Monday night’s pre-season opener against the Texans in Houston.
“Yeah, absolutely,” said Ryan. “I think so. But we won’t put him out there if we think he’s at risk. But, I’d like to see him get out there for a few snaps.”
Given the amount of time that he has missed, is there enough time for Burress to get ready for the regular season opener on September 11th?
Tight end Dustin Keller thinks so.
“Yeah, I think there’s plenty of time for him to get back into things, especially with our preseason games,” said tight end Dustin Keller. “You can go out here and throw the ball, just on air, all you want, but nothing is like playing live anyway. As soon as we get in a couple of these games and he gets to get that feel back, I think he’ll be fine for when the season starts.”
The Jets welcomed back cornerback and special teamer Marquice Cole on Thursday. He had missed all of camp for personal reasons.
The Jets waived LB Stafford Gatling, S DaJuan Morgan and DT Carlton Powell.
JETS DEFENSE IS READY TO GO TO MO!
Jets first round pick Muhammad Wilkerson has been very impressive in camp so far. Head Coach Rex Ryan wasted no time naming him a starter at defensive end. On Thursday, I had a chance to catch up with the former Temple star….
Wilkerson didn’t practice Tuesday because of a hip injury but he’s okay and was good to go on Thursday.
IT PAYS TO PLAY WELL AND STUDY
The Jets and the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) have announced that Ada Lee and Joseph Aduboffour are the winners of the second annual “Play Like A Jet” college scholarship winners.
Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan made the presentation on Thursday. The awards are given to one male and one female PSAL athlete who excel both on the field and in the classroom. Lee and Aduboffour each won a $5000 scholarship.
LT LENDS A HELPING HAND
Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson is involved in a campaign to educate pet owners about the dangers of heartworm disease. LT appears in a Public Service Announcement that is sponsored by the American Heartworm Society and funded through an educational partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital. The PSA provides information about how heartworm is transmitted and how pets can be protected from this potentially fatal disease.
Watch the PSA…..
Tomlinson’s San Diego-based pet resort was the site for the filming of the PSA. LT is featured with Kuddles, a dog that contracted heartworm and went through a long, painful process to be cured. By spreading the message given in the PSA, Tomlinson, the American Heartworm Society and Banfield Pet Hospital hope to raise awareness of how dangerous heartworm can be and stress the importance of early prevention.
For more information, log onto www.heartwormsociety.org.
That’s all for now! The Jets return to the practice field on Friday. Check back soon for more!