"I feel he should keep his mouth shut and leave the injuries to me," Bowles announced Tuesday, per Neil Best of Newsday.
The rebuke of Pryor came after the 6-foot-6 receiver struggled in a scrimmage against his former team, the Redskins.
One gets the sense Pryor was less than adored during his run with the 'Skins. After a promising 1,000-yard season with the Browns in 2016, he landed with a thud in Washington, catching just 20 passes last season while dealing with ligament damage in his right ankle, a setback that landed him on injured reserve in November.
Pryor revealed Monday that he underwent a pair of offseason surgeries, saying, per The Washington Post: "One was the foot, one was the ankle. I tore three ligaments in my ankle -- my foot -- and then I broke my ankle in May."
On Tuesday, Pryor was less effusive:
If healthy, he's in position to help the Jets, but Pryor is hardly the lead guy for New York. Stringing together a few big preseason performances would help -- as would staying off the head coach's radar.