This is not what you want when you team is about to face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints--three DBs, including two starters, didn't practice. CBs Lito Sheppard [quad] and Donald Strickland [ankle], who didn't practice last week and sat out versus Tennessee, again missed practice. As did SS Jim Leonhard [knee]. And FS Kerry Rhodes [knee] and CB Darrelle Revis [hamstring] both were limited, although both are expected to play. Still, this is a concern considering the Saints have the top-ranked offense in the NFL through three weeks.
As for the guys who didn't practice at all, coach Rex Ryan said, 'I would feel a lot worse if this was Friday. ... I have a feeling we'll have guys ready to play this weekend.' Still, he wouldn't rule out signing someone if need be. CB Corey Ivy, who visited last week, play for Ryan in Baltimore and understands the system well. 'He would be able to contribute right away,' Ryan said. 'He's a smart kid.'
The Jets also looked at former Jet CB-KR Justin Miller last week, but he was re-signed today by Oakland. Also sitting out practice today were special-teamer Larry Izzo [knee] and T and blocking TE Wayne Hunter [personal reasons].
In other news, WR David Clowney, benched by Ryan against Tennessee, said it was a 'misunderstanding' and indicated the two of them are on the same page. Ryan was upset because he felt Clowney wasn't being a team player because he had tweeted on his Twitter page that he was disappointed that he hadn't gotten more playing time against New England. He did add in a later tweet that 'my team always comes first,' and indicated to reporters Wednesday that Ryan didn't have the whole story.