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Harris Back at Practice on a Limited Basis

Linebacker David Harris returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday after missing two days while recovering from a sprained right ankle.

Harris, the leading tackler on the league’s top-ranked defense, said the injury was a result of what he thought was an illegal hit last Sunday against Cincinnati.

He was at his usual inside linebacker spot Thursday in early drills and wasn’t noticeably hobbled. Harris said his ankle felt “kind of stiff,” but hopes to play in the first-round playoff game at Cincinnati on Saturday.

“I’ve been out here all day getting treatment and doing rehab and everything I can to get back out there on the field,” Harris said. “Hopefully, I’ll be fine by Saturday.”

The injury occurred on Dwight Lowery’s interception with less than 30 seconds left in the first half of the Jets’ 37-0 win. Harris was being blocked up high by tight end Daniel Coates when running back Brian Leonard hit him low.

“I thought it was an illegal hit,” Harris said, adding that it was a chop block. “Obviously, they didn’t throw the penalty on it, but it put me out.”

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