HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Jets hope Mo’s a go for their third preseason game.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson returned to practice Sunday after dealing with a sore hamstring the past few weeks, and hopes to play against the Giants on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.READ MORE: Retired FDNY Firefighter Suffering From 9/11-Related Illness In Need Of Lifesaving Bone Marrow Transplant
“Of course it felt good, just to be out here with my teammates and just getting out there to get some reps,” Wilkerson said after the team’s annual practice at Hofstra University.
Wilkerson hasn’t practiced much since tweaking his left hamstring on Aug. 2. He tried to participate in team drills a week later before having a “minor setback” on Aug. 11. Wilkerson had an MRI exam that revealed no tears, but had been limited to mostly just rehabilitation in the trainer’s area until Sunday.
He participated in positional drills with the other defensive linemen Sunday, and then eventually got work with the backups in 11-on-11 team drills.
“He’s feeling a lot better,” coach Todd Bowles said. “He was moving pretty good.”
Bowles said the defensive end will likely play in the third preseason game — typically the final dress rehearsal for starters leading up to the regular season. Bowles expects the starters to play at least a half against the Giants.
“We’ll bring him along slowly,” Bowles said of Wilkerson. “But he’ll practice this week and depending on any setbacks, he’ll play this weekend.”