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Jets Could Be Without Injured Joe McKnight; Tomlinson Expected To Play

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Joe McKnight (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Joe McKnight (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jets running back Joe McKnight, who leads the NFL in kick return average, has a hyperextended right elbow that could sideline him for the team’s next game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rex Ryan said Monday that McKnight had an MRI exam on the elbow. The results showed no tears, according to the New York Daily News.

“Jason Taylor played with a hyperextended elbow last year,” said Ryan, “but that’s a little easier for an outside linebacker to play with than a running back.”

Ryan says he doesn’t anticipate McKnight practicing Wednesday, and his status would be determined later in the week.

McKnight, injured Sunday at Washington, could not bend his elbow. “Obviously if you’re a running back, you have to be able to grip the ball and protect it, so that’s something,” Ryan said.

LaDainian Tomlinson left briefly with a left knee injury when he slipped on the sideline after a tackle, but Ryan expects him to be fine.

“In typical LT fashion he’s like, ‘I can block, I’ll be fine,’” said Ryan. “Here’s one of the greatest running backs in the history of the game and he’s like, ‘I’ll go in there and block.’ That was kind of neat to see.”

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