Ellis was injured on the Jets' first defensive play during their 17-14 divisional-playoff win at San Diego last Sunday. He said Monday that his hand "just gave out" when he was blocked by an offensive lineman.
"I tried to just finish that series out," Ellis said. "Then, once I got to the sideline, I was like, 'You know what? My hand is broken.' Then they checked and were like, 'Yeah, you're right. It is.'"
Ellis, who's third on the Jets' career sacks list with 68, had the hand placed in a cast that was wrapped up like a club, and he later returned to the game. X-rays after the game confirmed the extent of the injury.
Ellis could have had the procedure this week, but the skin wouldn't have healed in time for him to play in the game.
"The skin would've burst back open," Ellis said. "So I have to go suck it up, cast it up again and just go out there and play."
"We're going to let him think that it's no big deal," Ryan said of the injury. "We hope that we can come up with something for him so he can function a little better with it."
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