Jets’ Brandon Marshall on injured knee: ‘Don’t rule me out until Sunday’

Brandon Marshall

FLORHAM PARK — It’s not clear yet if Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall will play Sunday at the Chiefs, after he sprained his left knee Thursday at the Bills.

But Marshall at least wants every chance to prove he’s healthy enough to play.

“Right now, I feel stable,” he said Monday. “I feel good. I’m going to work my tail off to get out there. I had a limp a couple days ago, and now I’m walking without a limp, so that’s promising.”

Marshall said his knee is structurally fine, but both he and coach Todd Bowles declined to specify the nature of Marshall’s knee injury. Bowles denied a report that Marshall sprained his MCL, saying the Jets’ doctors had not relayed that particular diagnosis to him.

Marshall did not practice Monday, which wasn’t surprising. There’s a chance Marshall could not practice for most (all?) of this week and still play Sunday. Bowles said he’s not yet sure if Marshall will play in Kansas City.

“You definitely need to practice, but there are situations where you may not be able to get any in,” Marshall said. “So I will listen to coach and the doctors and see. But my belief and the school I come from is: Don’t rule me out until Sunday. I need all the way up until pregame warm-ups, to see if I’m good to go. Hopefully, I’ll be granted that wish. But maybe I’ll get out there Wednesday, Thursday.”

Marshall said Bowles and the Jets’ medical staff ultimately will decide if he plays in Kansas City, or if he sits this week to further rehab his knee — and avoid a problem that could linger throughout the season.

“You don’t worry about the reoccurrence and the lingering,” Bowles said. “I’ll be able to tell whether he’s going to be healthy enough to play or whether he’s not going to be able to play.”

Said Marshall: “But as far as me personally, I’ve always prided myself on being tough and being out there no matter what’s going on. If I take any time off, I may not have a job. I can’t let little Quincy [Enunwa] take my spot right now.”

Marshall pointed out that both Eric Decker and Enunwa are playing well, so Marshall is all the more motivated to continue playing, and keep pace.

“I hear Quincy in the background saying, ‘I’m taking your spot,'” Marshall said. “And I hear Decker saying, ‘I’m the guy.’ So I can’t take any time off. This is all I’ve got. I’m going on Year 11. I can’t afford to be standing on the sideline.

“You’ve heard the story: I haven’t been to the playoffs, and it’s my fault that none of my teams have been to the playoffs. I don’t want that to happen again this year. I want to take advantage of the opportunities that I have, because there are not a lot left.”

Marshall is still amazed that the awkward twisting of his knee Thursday didn’t result in more significant damage than a sprain. Marshall was able to return to the Jets-Bills game — a positive sign for him.

“Anything better than having surgery is a blessing,” he said of his current status. “I smile and I keep looking at that picture and that play, and I’m just so thankful that I’m still able to be in this locker room preparing with the guys. I just didn’t want it to end that way. Anything other than surgery is going to keep a smile on my face.

“I not only thought my knee was messed up, I thought my foot and everything was pretty much gone. It felt that way for a couple of minutes. I knew I was OK when I was able to get back on the field.”

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