The Jets are hurting as they ready for the Patriots.

FLORHAM PARK — The Jets may be a bit shorthanded for Sunday’s game against the defending Super Bowl champs.

For the second-straight day, running back Bilal Powell and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson didn’t work. The two were inside during the team stretch. As the media walked inside, both came out, but, unlike their teammates, were not in pads.

Coach Todd Bowles didn’t rule either out after practice Thursday, but didn’t seem overly optimistic about their chances of playing against the Patriots.

Wilkerson, who suffered a Grade 1 AC joint sprain against the Raiders in Week 3, is now dealing with an unspecified toe injury. Neither Bowles nor Wilkerson has provided specifics. On Wednesday, Wilkerson suggested reporters “ask Todd,” while Bowles wouldn’t say anything more than, “it’s a toe injury.”

On Thursday, Bowles did leave open the possibility Wilkerson’s toe could require surgery.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “If he’s feeling bad it probably will be. If he’s not it won’t be.”

Powell is ailed by a strained calf suffered in last week’s win over the Browns. According to former NFL team doctor David J. Chao, as written by Kevin Acee, the injury could keep Powell out a bit.

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Going back and looking at the video of a catch at the end of the first half last week against the Browns, it appears Powell suffered a significant calf strain. He limped off flat-footed and did not contract his calf muscle or push off on the ball of his right foot.

Powell is fortunate it was not an Achilles tendon injury and, thus, has avoided surgery.

Still, the problem is that calf injuries tend to linger, especially for explosive athletes. A running back needs a healthy calf to …read more

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