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Bowles Hopes Ridley Can Practice This Week

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We are now past the six week point of the NFL season, which means running back Stevan Ridley is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list. Ridley started training camp there as he recovered from an injury. Todd Bowles expressed hope yesterday that he hopes the back can take the next step this week.

On if he’s expecting Stevan Ridley and Dee Milliner to practice this week…

We’re going to talk about it. Hopefully, we can get them in pads and just let them run around.

On if he’s referring to both players…

I’m not sure about both. I want to see how one of them is feeling. I’ll see how Dee is feeling. I hope to get Ridley back in.

On if Ridley is eligible to play…

Yes, he can.

On if it’s possible that Ridley will play…

Maybe. I haven’t seen anything. I can’t answer that.

On if Ridley will practice Wednesday

I’m hoping to get him in pads and get him out there and let him run around.

The Jets can use Ridley. The broadcast crew Sunday noted Chan Gailey's desire to keep Chris Ivory on a pitch count since Ivory's punishing running style gets him pounded a lot. He is on pace for over 300 carries this season when he has never even had 200 in a single year. Bilal Powell and Zac Stacy have not done the job behind Ivory. Ivory has a tremendous average of 5.5 yards per carry. Combined, Powell and Stacy are averaging a hideous 3.1 yards per run.

Maybe Ridley can be productive and allow the Jets to get Ivory more rest.