FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Percy Harvin is ready to go, and there’s no question in his mind he’ll be playing Sunday.
No matter what the injury report says.
The New York Jets wide receiver is listed as questionable to play against the Titans in Tennessee on Sunday as he recovers from a sprained left ankle. Harvin sat out team drills Wednesday and Thursday, but was a limited participant Friday.
“Felt pretty good,” Harvin said. “I should be ready to roll. I practiced. I felt fine, and I expect to be on the field.”
Harvin, injured late in the fourth quarter at Minnesota last Sunday, had six catches for 124 yards and a TD against his former team. He was in a boot after the game, and coach Rex Ryan was stunned Harvin was even able to practice this week.
“The fact that he’s out there is pretty amazing,” Ryan said. “He had a significant ankle injury, albeit a low-ankle, but for him, this is a quick heal. It’s unbelievable how fast he’s healing from it.
“Will he be able to go or not? I’m still not sure.”
Harvin will likely be a game-time decision, while defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is doubtful after missing two games with turf toe. While Wilkerson has made progress, it appears unlikely that he’ll play. Ryan said Wilkerson might not even make the trip to Tennessee.
Safety Antonio Allen (hand) is questionable, while tight end Jace Amaro and linebacker Trevor Reilly are probable after recovering from concussions.
In his six games since being acquired from Seattle, Harvin has provided the offense with a bit of a boost with 25 catches for 306 yards. He has also rushed for 99 yards on 19 carries, and served as the primary kick returner.
Harvin tested his ankle during practice Friday, making cuts on the field as if he were playing in a game.
“I told all the coaches it felt good,” he said. “They said I looked good. I fully expect to play without any limitations.”
While Ryan has tempered expectations for Harvin’s availability, the wide receiver has maintained his optimism.
“That’s what he’s been telling me the whole week,” Ryan said. “I’m like, ‘He’s crazy.’ And then he goes back out there today, and there he is. And he goes, ‘Nah, I’m feeling good.'”
Harvin is also enjoying his time in New York despite the team’s 2-11 record, and would “definitely” like to continue playing for the Jets beyond this season. He has four years left on his contract, with a base salary of $10.5 million for next season, so it’s possible New York might want to renegotiate that deal which he signed with Seattle.
“I feel at home here,” he said. “I’m comfortable with all the players. I like the vibe around here, absolutely. I just overall love the whole organization.”
Harvin came to the Jets with the reputation of being a bit of a malcontent, a player who could disrupt the harmony in the locker room. Instead, he has been an ideal citizen since joining the Jets, and has become a favorite of his teammates during his short time with them.
“This is the guy that we see since he’s been here,” Ryan said. “The respect he’s already built with his current teammates is really impressive, and here’s another reason. We’re voting for the Ed Block Courage award and he got a ton of votes, and he’s only been with us for six weeks. I think that just shows you what his current team thinks of him.”
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