Kerley back at practice for Jets, Coples limited

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Associated Press

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 5:03 PM

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley fully participated in practice Wednesday after he missed the team's game at New England last Thursday with a concussion.

Kerley, injured in the season opener against Tampa Bay, was cleared by team doctors and was out of the red no-contact jersey at practice. He was the team's leading receiver last season and would provide a big boost to rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the Jets' offense against Buffalo on Sunday.

"So, that's good news," coach Rex Ryan said. "I think we're healthy as a football team, so I'm excited about that."

Defensive end Quinton Coples was limited but had his most extensive action at practice since suffering a fracture in his right ankle on Aug. 17 that required surgery.

"It's hard to imagine that this guy would play after, what, three weeks it's been since he had surgery, but the fact that he was out there, that'd be great," Ryan said.

"Will it be full time and all that? I wouldn't think so. But man, that's impressive that this kid was out there today, even in a limited capacity."

Coples worked in positional drills and is uncertain whether he'll play Sunday, even in a limited role, but said his rehabilitation is going "so far, so good."

One promising sign, Coples said, is that there is no longer any pain in the ankle.

"We'll see how things are progressing," Coples said, "and I think they'll make that decision on game day."

Running back Bilal Powell did not practice with an illness, while defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson fully participated after spraining his right ankle against the Patriots.

Among those limited in practice were defensive linemen Kenrick Ellis (back) and Sheldon Richardson (shoulder), tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) and wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot).

Holmes acknowledged that he isn't close to 100 percent healed from the foot injury that sidelined him for most of last season, but felt good after getting extended playing time at New England. He finished with three catches for 51 yards after having just a 13-yard reception in the season opener against Tampa Bay.

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