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Jets' Pouha questionable, Keller will play

09/07/2012 5:39 PM ET
By The Associated Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- New York Jets defensive tackle Sione Po'uha is questionable to play in the team's season opener against Buffalo, and not out, as coach Rex Ryan initially announced.

Safety Eric Smith will not play, but tight end Dustin Keller is expected to go after missing time with a hamstring injury. Coach Rex Ryan says Keller is ''ready to roll'' after hurting his right leg in the Jets' preseason game against Carolina on Aug. 26.

Ryan says Po'uha, sidelined since training camp with a sore back, is ''close'' and has been ''begging us to play.'' The team says Ryan misspoke on Po'uha's status because he hadn't read the final injury report.

Smith sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and hurt his hip in the preseason opener at Cincinnati.

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