Jets' Mangold a step closer to return; ditto Pats' Haynesworth

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The New York Jets appear to be getting healthy in time for their AFC East showdown with the New England Patriots.

Center Nick Mangold, wide receiver Plaxico Burress and linebacker Calvin Pace all were at practice Friday, according to The Star-Ledger.

The Jets have struggled without Mangold, who is the only one of the three to miss any game time, sitting the last two games with a high ankle sprain. However, coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that Mangold, Pace (abdomen) and Burress (elbow) should be "ready to roll" against New England, The Star-Ledger reported.

Having all three on the field Friday is a sign that could be the case.

Meanwhile, the Patriots also received some good news on the injury front. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth dressed for the second consecutive day, according to the Boston Globe. He has been nursing a back injury and has missed the team's last two games.

"We'll see how it goes today," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "Maybe it's this week, maybe it's not."

Belichick also said running back Danny Woodhead would "give it a try" in practice as he deals with an ankle injury.

Defensive lineman Mike Wright also was dressed for practice, according to the Boston Globe. He suffered a concussion during the season opener, and he also missed the last seven games of the 2010 season with a concussion.

For a complete look at all injuries around the league, go to's injury page.



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