Rex on Mangold Craig Thomas

Jets center Nick Mangold has a high ankle sprain. Will he play on Sunday night in Baltimore?

“I’m encouraged,” Rex Ryan said. “Each day, he seems to be getting better. He hasn’t practiced, but he definitely feels like he’s getting better. The thing that’s encouraging about that is he’s doing some things, doing some change of direction things and some movement things where it’s not getting worse. It’s actually feeling better the next day, so I’m encouraged by that. Now if he has a setback, I’ll let you know that.

“I’m not one of those ‘he has to practice’ guys. We’re talking about Nick Mangold here, so, no. He doesn’t have to practice.

“If Nick can’t defend himself or isn’t healthy enough to help us, then we’re definitely not going to [play him].

“[Ravens NT] Haloti presents a lot of problems for healthy guys, 100 percent guys. We feel like if Nick’s there, then there’s no better guy to have him go against than Haloti. I mean, they are the two best at their positions.”