AFC East Notes: McCourty, Jets, Fitzpatrick

Here’s a look at the AFC East:

  • Patriots safety Devin McCourty only suffered a sprained ankle and the injury will not cause him to miss the playoffs, Ian Rapoport of tweets. McCourty suffered a scary looking non-contact injury on Sunday night and some observers initially worried that McCourty had suffered a serious injury, such as an Achilles tear.
  • Muhammad Wilkerson is getting less affordable for the Jets with every sack, Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post writes. One game does not make a player, but Hubbuch feels that the All-Pro defensive tackle upped his asking price significantly with a monster afternoon Sunday against the Titans. The pending free agent tallied three sacks, three quarterback hits, two other tackles for lost yardage and five solo tackles to go along with a forced fumble and a pass breakup. “Mo is definitely in beast mode right now,” Jets’ safety Calvin Pryor said. “He’s unstoppable right now, [and] everybody’s starting to take notice. He’s a great player and keeps getting the job done, week in and week out.”
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick went from an afterthought to having one of the Jets’ best years for a quarterback ever, Zach Braziller of the New York Post writes. On his sixth team at the age of 33, Fitzpatrick is closing in on his first playoff berth as a starter and it’s no surprise that coach Todd Bowles wants to bring him back in 2016.
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