NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:43 PM
Jets Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold labeled the neck injury that left him lying motionless on his stomach during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots as “scary” and a “new phenomenon” as he continued to prepare to play this week against Oakland.
“I feel like, unless I’m lying there bleeding out, I’ll be able to play at any point in time,” he said. “Without that mentality, I don’t think I’d be where I am today.”
Mangold, 31, did not practice Thursday. He walked off the playing field Sunday, but was taken on a cart to the locker room. He was hit from the side by Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins during the game’s final minute. Tests came back negative. When asked if he feared paralysis at the time, Mangold declined to answer.
Coach Todd Bowles has not decided whether or not Mangold will play against the Raiders this weekend.
“Nick is an honest guy, we trust everything he says,” Bowles said. “If he says [HE CAN PLAY], we’ll try to give him some snap drills to make sure he’s telling the truth.”
Mangold noted that he will prepare as though he can go.
“If things happen and I can’t play, I’ll deal with that at that time,” Mangold said. “Right now, I’m planning on playing. I’m studying and preparing for a very difficult Oakland front.”
Bowles said Dakota Dozier or Wesley Johnson have been getting repetitions in practice in case Mangold cannot go.
Now six games into his tenure as coach, Bowles allowed that he can see an identity forming.
“I think we’re tough. I think we’ll be a tough out,” he said. “We show up every week to play. We have to make plays, nobody’s going to give us any games. We know we’re a tough team.”
WR Chris Owusu, S Calvin Pryor and WR Devin Smith did not practice. OL Willie Colon, WR Eric Decker, RB Bilal Powell and CB Buster Skrine were limited.
Powell has made progress, per Bowles. The coach also mentioned that RB Chris Ivory has looked fine in practice this week.
RB Stevan Ridley has been going full in practice.