Florham Park, N.J. — The prediction of time out for C Nick Mangold’s high ankle sprain was set to be two to three weeks and as of this afternoon, nothing has changed, even though he seems extremely optimistic about the situation. This Sunday the Jets are facing off against the big defensive line of the Oakland Raiders and the team is one day away from knowing for sure if they will be without Mangold.
“Tomorrow we’ll definitely know if he’s going or not.” coach Ryan said, “If he’s not going to play, then obviously he won’t make the trip out there. I don’t see it happening. He seems to think (he will be able to play.) We’ll see.”
Coach Ryan is obviously not as optimistic as the reliable center whose 82 straight game streak is on the line. It doesn’t seem to be Ryan’s lack of confidence but just protecting his player from further inujury, which is always a smart plan. Coach is very impressed with the way Mangold is coming along though but still is playing it safe.
“He’s off the crutches, doing different things.” Ryan said, “He’s been on a bike and he’s also doing other exercises and stuff. For a high-ankle sprain, he’s well ahead of the game. We’ll make that decision. Sometimes you’ve got to protect the player from the player.”
Mangold was off the crutches today and walking around in a boot as he made a late locker room appearance. The second he walked through the door, the media dropped what they were doing and swarmed his locker for any new updates, but all we got was the usual.
“Everyday gets better. That’s what we look for. One day at a time.” Mangold said.
The streak of 82 straight games played is on the mind of the talented center and he is proud of what he has accomplished but he understands the reality of this and is putting his priorities in the right order.
“It is very important. I’m very proud of it.” Mangold said, “It is something I take great pride in, but at the same time it’s not more important than what’s doing what’s best for the team and what’s best for myself.”
Mangold kept the interview short and sweet and the only thing really taken away from it was the fact that he knows that any day he could feel better and that tomorrow is another day.
“Today was no chance.” Mangold said, “but tomorrow you never know.”
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