AFC East Blog
The New York Jets reported, via their Twitter feed, that Geno Smith will get the start over Michael Vick at quarterback when they face the Miami Dolphins in their divisional, Monday Night Football matchup in Week 13. It was reported just yesterday that the Jets intended to stick with Vick at QB. Apparently, that changes like the weather in New York.
Bills running back Fred Jackson didn't play in Week 11, but that was a function of a cramped schedule more than anything else. Head coach Doug Marrone said after the loss to Miami that the four days in between Buffalo's two most recent games didn't give Jackson enough time to recover following his Week 10 return from a fairly serious groin injury.
However, time is on Jackson's side this week. When the Bills kick off against the Jets on Monday night from Detroit, Jackson will have had 15 days to get his health in order. Marrone said Saturday that he expects Jackson to be on the field Monday, and Jackson said as much about himself earlier this week.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that Patriots running back Jonas Gray is expected to play in Week 12 after being sent home from Friday's practice for disciplinary reasons. Gray overslept, showed up at the team's practice facility late and was promptly sent home by the coaching staff. Gray reportedly reached out to teammates to apologize.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has reported that running back Patriots LeGarrette Blount, who was cut by Pittsburgh on Tuesday and signed by New England on Thursday, will be active for the team's Week 12 game and will see action. It is expected that he'll split carries with Jonas Gray. At this time, it's unclear how that split will break down.
Despite being limited in practice and suffering a knee injury during the week, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller will play this afternoon against the Broncos. That's what a source has confirmed to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Miller played through his shoulder sprain against the Bills in Week 11, gaining 98 yards on 17 touches.