The New York Jets are expected to have Jace Amaro back in the lineup against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
The rookie tight end fully practiced Thursday for the first time since suffering a concussion against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit nearly three weeks ago.
“I felt back to normal today,” Amaro said via the team’s official website. “I’ll be playing Sunday.”
Amaro, who was cleared for physical activity after going through the NFL’s protocol for head injuries, was hurt during a kickoff return against the Bills on Nov. 24. Amaro is tied with Jeremy Kerley for second on the team with 34 receptions.
“I kind of felt like I could play last week, but things just didn’t work out that way,” Amaro said. “I feel really good for this week.”
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said although Amaro’s done some good things this year, he doesn’t want to put too much on the rookie’s plate after missing some time.
“He’s coming back from a couple weeks off. We’ll see moving forward,” Mornhinweg said when asked if Amaro could see an expanded role as the season winds down. “A lot of times these guys will make a big jump between their first and second year. I would think he would continue to progress.”
Amaro’s return would be big for an offense that could be without WR Percy Harvin, dealing with a low ankle injury. Harvin has not participated in practice this week but was working off to the side in the rehab area today.
If Harvin is unable to go, Amaro said he’s confident that someone on the team will be able to step up against Tennessee.