FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Jets backup running backs Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell did not participate in practice, and their availability for the team’s game on Sunday at New England is uncertain.

McKnight has a sprained left ankle and Powell a separated right shoulder. Both suffered their respective injuries in the Jets’ 35-9 win over Indianapolis last Sunday. McKnight was moving well on Thursday and said: “I’m playing. For first place, I’m in there.”

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Center Nick Mangold (ankle), defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis (knee) and safeties Eric Smith (knee) and LaRon Landry (heel) also didn’t practice. Mangold is expected to play, and Landry received his regularly scheduled day off.

Nose tackle Sione Po’uha (back) was limited after not practicing on Wednesday, as were linebackers Bart Scott (toe) and Bryan Thomas (hamstring) and wide receiver Clyde Gates (shoulder).

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McKnight has rushed 10 times for 90 yards and returned a kickoff for a touchdown this season. Powell has rushed 34 times for 131 yards.

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