Jets’ Mangold hoping, but playing appears unlikely



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Nick Mangold says his high ankle sprain is “getting there,” but it appears the chances of the New York Jets playing at Oakland with their All-Pro center are becoming increasingly slim.

Coach Rex Ryan says Thursday that the team will make a decision on Friday on whether Mangold makes the trip with the team, but adds: “I don’t see it happening. We’ll see.”

Rookie Colin Baxter would likely take Mangold’s place if the veteran misses the first game of his NFL career.

Mangold hasn’t practiced since injuring his right ankle in the win over Jacksonville last Sunday. His foot is in a boot, but he was walking without much of a limp in the locker room. Mangold says he’s going to hold out hope until “the last moment possible.”