Harris (groin) misses practice, might miss game vs. Rams

Updated: November 6, 2008, 10:02 AM ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets might be without leading tackler David Harris for a second straight game.

Harris didn't practice with a groin injury, and coach Eric Mangini said "it's a longer shot this week" for the linebacker to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

Citing sources with knowlege of the situation, both the New York Daily News and the Newark Star-Ledger reported Harris underwent surgery Wednesday and will miss two to three weeks.

Harris, who leads the Jets with 52 tackles in his second season, didn't make the trip to Buffalo last weekend after not practicing all week. He was injured in the second quarter of the Jets' 28-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 26.

But Harris spent all last week on the stationary bike during practice and wasn't seen Wednesday during the half hour the media are allowed to watch. When asked if Harris perhaps had a setback, Mangini was mysteriously vague.

"Well, just some things that we're doing," he said. "So, a little bit longer shot."

Safety Eric Smith, who didn't practice or play last week after suffering his third head injury in a four-game span, didn't practice Wednesday. Tight end Bubba Franks, who injured a hip against the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 19, also didn't practice but spent time on the stationary bike.

Kicker Mike Nugent practiced for the first time since injuring his right thigh in Week 1 at Miami. He was listed as limited and Mangini said only that Nugent is "a week closer." Jay Feely handled the kicking duties the previous seven games.

Also limited were wide receivers Laveranues Coles (thigh) and Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) and linebacker Cody Spencer (shoulder).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.