Tru­maine set to re­turn at cor­ner

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY MANISH MEHTA

Sec­ondary help is on the way.

Jets top cor­ner­back Tru­maine John­son is ex­pected to re­turn Sun­day against the Bills af­ter miss­ing five games with a quad in­jury. John­son, the team’s top free-agent sign­ing this off­sea­son, prac­ticed fully on Thurs­day for the first time since get­ting hurt Sept. 30 in Jack­sonville.

“I feel good,” John­son said Thurs­day. “It’s a daily process… I’m def­i­nitely ready… I’m anx­ious to get out there.”

John­son was shelved for a sim­i­lar in­jury when he was with the Rams, so he ad­mit­ted that he wasn’t sur­prised that it took five weeks to heal.

“He’s run­ning around bet­ter,” Todd Bowles said. “We’ve just got to see what his con­di­tion­ing is for the next cou­ple days and see on Sun­day.”

Dar­ryl Roberts did a solid job in John­son’s ab­sence.

SAM WON’T START

Bowles con­firmed that Sam Darnold, who didn’t prac­tice for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day due to a foot strain, won’t start against the Bills on Sun­day. Bowles said “it’s pos­si­ble” that Darnold could be the backup to Josh Mc­Cown. When Darnold is of­fi­cially ruled out, the Jets will bring up Davis Webb from the prac­tice squad.

BIG MAC

The Jets be­lieve that Eli McGuire can boost a slump­ing run game. The sec­ond-year run­ning back flashed his dual-threat skills in his first game back from a foot in­jury suf­fered early in train­ing camp. McGuire fin­ished with seven car­ries for 30 yards and three catches (on five tar­gets) for 37 yards in last week’s loss to the Dol­phins.

“I was re­ally fired up about him last year,” of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jeremy Bates said Thurs­day. “For a young kid, he’s a true pro. He re­minds me of Kevin Faulk as far as just un­der­stand­ing the game. He’s a spe­cial player and he loves the game. He played bas­ket­ball in col­lege, so he knows how to get open (and) knows how to move de­fend­ers. I thought he played re­ally well.”

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