Drum roll please. New York Jets center Nick Mangold will most likely play on Sunday when the Jets face the Patriots. He is listed as questionable, but the Pro Bowl player expects to play.
"I'm ready to go," Mangold said.
Mangold has spent two games on the bench after a high ankle sprain took him out of the Jaguars game in Week 2. Colin Baxter, a rookie, filled in but progressively struggled. Those two missed games have been losses, and this is his first week back at practice.
The entire Jets offense has struggled without Mangold. His return would be a boost to all of their offensive players, though Mark Sanchez, Dustin Keller, Santonio Holmes, and Plaxico Burress are the prime beneficiaries this week. More time to throw for Sanchez means extra opportunities for success against New England's unimpressive pass defense.