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    FLORHAM PARK, N. Cheap Bills Jerseys China .J. -- Ryan Fitzpatrick thinks hell be back under center Sunday.The New York Jets quarterback just needs his sprained left knee to heal in a hurry.Im definitely optimistic that Ill be able to go out there and play, he said Wednesday. And I am going to do everything I can from now until then to make sure that happens.Fitzpatrick was injured Sunday at Miami in the third quarter of New Yorks 27-23 loss , but returned to finish the game while wearing a brace on the knee. He said Wednesday that he would again wear a brace on Sunday against Los Angeles if he plays.I mean, its a knee sprain, Fitzpatrick said. Its not something that Im happy is there or feels great. But I think Ill be OK.He was limited at practice Wednesday, and coach Todd Bowles said the team will monitor him throughout the week.He threw the ball around, Bowles said. He didnt run around as much, so we have to get a better gauge. Hes still getting treatment, but hes getting better. Just have to see how much he can tolerate.Bryce Petty, who went 2 of 2 for 19 yards in relief of Fitzpatrick, would get his first NFL start if the veteran cant play. Petty was a fourth-round draft pick last year out of Baylor who hurt his right shoulder in the preseason and was unavailable early in the regular season.He was the No. 3 quarterback behind both Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, but has moved up to the backup role after Smiths season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.I think hes capable of starting, Bowles said of Petty. Its just a matter of Ryan is ahead of him right now. As Bryce gets more reps, hell get comfortable with them. Bryce has things he can do in games if we have to play him or if he has to start that Im very comfortable with.Petty said he thinks about the past summer, when he was on the bubble to make the Jets roster, and cherishes the opportunity he has now -- whether it remains as the backup or he has to make an emergency start. He credits Fitzpatrick with helping him prepare and make marked improvements from his rookie season to now.How much time you got? Petty said when asked about Fitzpatricks influence. Ryans been great. Since the moment I stepped in here, hes been the big brother I never wanted or had. No, Ive learned a lot about the game of football from him and constantly being in the film room with him and at practice. Hes always open to questions and willing to put the time in with me, which is huge.Game notes C Nick Mangold (ankle), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle), LB Bruce Carter (knee), CB Nick Marshall (illness), LB Darron Lee (ankle), CB Marcus Williams (ankle), LB Josh Martin (concussion) and TE Kellen Davis (elbow) all did not practice. Mangold has missed two games and remains in a walking boot. ... OTs Brandon Shell and Breno Giacomini were both limited with shoulder ailments, while CB Buster Skrine and RB Matt Forte were also limited with knee issues -- although Forte has been regularly getting Wednesdays off as rest days.---For more NFL coverage: and href="" target="_blank">Jordan Matthews Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Jerry Hughes Jersey . -- There were a lot of firsts for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. . Just as Montreal was settling into the first full working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new head coach. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera admits hes hoping for some bad weather on Thursday night.He figures maybe that might help slow down Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Well, that and a seemingly much-improved defense.Brees pounded the Panthers secondary on Oct. 16, throwing for 465 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints built a 21-0 lead and held on to win 41-38 on the Louisiana Superdome turf.In the three games since, Carolinas defense has clamped down, allowing only four combined offensive touchdowns while getting 15 sacks with four takeaways.Carolinas young secondary, which was racked by injuries in the previous meeting, has gotten healthy and is starting to mesh.Drew is a great quarterback and he was able to find those holes, find those mismatches, find the mistakes that were being made on our defense last time, Panthers safety Kurt Coleman said.But we have been able to correct those things over these last few weeks. I feel like our chemistry, the communication aspect that you need as a defense as a whole has been much better.Added Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy: What we had last year was a swagger, and were getting our swagger back.Saints coach Sean Payton said he can see on tape the Panthers are playing with renewed confidence.Theyre playing outstanding defense, Payton said. Their pressure on the quarterback has increased.Said Brees: They thrive on giving you a lot of different looks at times and they have a pressure package, and try to force turnovers.But stopping Brees wont be easy.He is completing nearly 70 percent of passes and has thrown 24 touchdown passes with only seven interceptions. His QB rating is second in the league behind Atlantas Matt Ryan.Some things to watch in Thursday nights gameOUBTING THOMAS: Saints second-round draft choice Michael Thomas has emerged as the NFLs leading rookie receiver, but is coming off one of his worst games as a pro. He fumbled twice in the fourth quarter -- both resulting in Denver points -- and had a pass ripped from his grasp for an interception in the Saints 25-23 loss to Denver last Sunday. Thomas has been quiet since, disappearing from the locker room after the game and declining to speak with reporters on Tuesday. Emotionally hes great, Brees said. Hes chomping at the bit to get back out there and perform. Bills Jerseys China. KICKING THEMSELVES: Major breakdowns on kicks have figured prominently into two Saints losses, including last Sunday. The decisive play in the loss to the Broncos was a blocked extra-point kick that was returned for a defensive 2-point conversion with 1:28 to go. Earlier this season, the Saints had a field goal blocked and returned for a TD in New York against Giants, who pulled out a three-point victory in that game despite not scoring an offensive TD.ON THE MEND: The Panthers are anxious to get two-time All-Pro center Ryan Kalil back on the field after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury. Carolinas running game has struggled in Kalils absence.Panthers quarterback Cam Newton called Kalil his secret jewel, saying he does more for a quarterback than any offensive lineman in the league.Defensively, outside linebacker Shaq Thompson is expected to play after missing two games with a knee injury.NEWTON RUNNING: Newton only ran twice against the Saints on Oct. 16 in his first game back from a concussion. But the mobile QB is expected to see more designed runs this time around against the Saints. Newton carried a season-high 12 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Carolinas 20-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Rivera isnt tipping his hand when it comes to Thursday nights strategy, saying its just about the game plan more than it is anything else.SAINTS DEFENSE: The Saints could have as many as four defensive regulars on the field for their rematch against Carolina who were unable to play in the previous meeting. Those include rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins -- a first-round pick last spring -- and veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who each had sacks last weekend.Also back is top cornerback Delvin Breaux and defensive end Paul Kruger. Getting those guys back into the mix always helps, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said. .... Theyre talented, they play fast. Theyve been playing well as of late, thats for sure.---AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.---For more NFL coverage: and NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys NFL China Cheap Authentic Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys China China Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '