Here is a transcript of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s Wednesday news conference, courtesy of the team:
OK, here is the injury report. Logan Payne and Robert Turner are the top thing there. They are out. How’s that? Nick Mangold did not participate with the ankle injury. The guys that were limited in practice: Mike DeVito, shoulder, David Harris, toe, Santonio Holmes, quad, Jim Leonhard, hamstring, Eric Smith, ankle, Muhammad Wilkerson, shoulder. Guys that were full: Marcus Dixon, knee, Derrick Mason, knee, and Mark Sanchez, elbow. So that’s the injury report.
As far as something that was good to report, and we found out from somebody, is that [Antonio] Cromartie was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. No surprise there, but it’s a great accomplishment, it’s fantastic. We’re proud of him for that. But that also means no gameball for Cromartie. It was great and he definitely deserved it.
As far as this week’s opponent, we’re playing the Raiders, kind of a legendary franchise, the Silver & Black, and going to their place, with their fans and all that, it should be great. It should be a fun experience going over there and we’re just going to do whatever we can to get us a win. The guys that they have really playing well for them: Richard Seymour, obviously we know him around here from his New England days. He’s doing a great job, still playing like a Pro Bowl player.
Then the other thing that jumps out at you is their team speed. That’s no surprise. Al Davis always builds his team that way, with that size and speed, and they can throw five guys out there that can probably win most track events. It’s a typical Raider team. They do a great job. It’s a tailback-driven offense, speed at the receivers, and we understand that. Defensively, they’re going to get in your face and play a lot of man coverage. It’s one of those Raider traditions.
On if Nick Mangold’s status for Sunday has changed…
His status hasn’t changed at all. He’s off of crutches, which is a good sign, but I just think we’ll see. I’ll never say never, but I don’t see it happening this week.
On how much Mangold is lobbying him to let him play…
Pretty well. He’s smart. We’ll lean on the trainers to help us there, obviously, traveling across country and everything else. Again, we’re not 100 percent ruling him out, though. He seems to be doing pretty well.
On if Mark Sanchez’s elbow injury is to his throwing elbow…
Yes, that’s the right elbow. That’s the one that got hit on the ill-advised pass play [laughter]. I can take it [laughter].
On if Sanchez took the normal amount of reps he would in a practice today…
Yes, he’s fine. All we do there is we recognize that he’s getting treatment, so he gets ice and all that stuff.
Topics: Al Davis, Alan Schechter, Antonio Cromartie, Colin Baxter, David Harris, Derrick Mason, Eric Smith, Jim Leonhard, Josh Mauga, Mark Sanchez, Matt Slauson, Mike Devito, Mo Wilkerson, NIck Mangold, NY Jets, Oakland Raiders, Rex Ryan, Richard Seymour, Robert Turner, Santonio Holmes, Wayne Hunter