Rex Ryan's Thursday News Conference

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On if he’ll hold Cromartie off of special teams and kickoff returns…

Yeah, you want me to tell a lie so Baltimore will get ready for him? No, he’s not going to return kicks today or this week. There is no chance … unless we really need him. Always got to preface that, right?

On if his kickoff-return role exposes him to extra hits on the field…

Maybe that’s something to look at for sure, now that he had bruised rib and lung. They’re probably not real prudent to have him run down there and know he’s going to get hit.

On if Cromartie’s injury happened on a kickoff return…

No. It happened when he came in and blew up a receiver, but he blew himself up, too.

On if that play was on third down…

Yes.

On his feeling about C Nick Mangold’s availability for Sunday’s game…

I’m encouraged that he’s getting better. Each day he’s getting better. He hasn’t practiced, but he definitely feels like he’s getting better. So the thing that’s encouraging about that is he’s doing some things, like stepping-over deals, doing some change-of-direction things and some movement things where it’s not getting worse. It’s actually feeling better the next day. So I’m encouraged by that.

On if Mangold has to practice Friday to play Sunday night…

Guys, I’m not one of those he-has-to-practice guys, like we said. We’re talking about Nick Mangold here, so, no. He doesn’t have to practice.

On if he’ll wait till Sunday to make a decision on Mangold’s availability…

I think so. We’ll see. Now if he has a setback, I’ll let you know that.

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