Ealy (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Patriots.
Ealy was in danger of missing his second consecutive game, but now that he's ready to go, he may receive even more snaps. With Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder) a game-time decision, Ealy will share snaps with Lawrence Thomas if Wilkerson can't play.
Ealy (shoulder) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Ealy has been inconsistent this year and hasn't logged enough tackles to be a viable IDP threat. However, he blocked four passes and recorded an interception against the Jags in Week 4, leading to a solid fantasy day. Regardless, that outing was an anomaly and shouldn't be used to project long-term value.
Ealy's release from New England was surprising considering the success he's had early in his career. It seems like there were a fair amount of suitors interested in Ealy's services, but the Jets were able to snag the 25-year-old thanks to the team's high priority on the waiver wire. Ealy will slide into a strong defensive front and perhaps be stuck behind the likes of Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson for the time being.
Ealy was released by the Patriots on Saturday, Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal reports.
Ealy was traded to the Patriots along with a third-round draft pick in exchange for a second-round selection in March, but he reportedly didn't fit into the Patriots' defensive scheme. His release opens a starting spot at defensive end that could be filled by either Geneo Grissom or Deatrich Wise.
Adding Ealy bolsters the Patriots' depth at defensive end, with Chris Long not returning to the team and Jabaal Sheard a candidate to depart via free agency. In 2016, his third NFL season, the 25-year-old Ealy logged 32 tackles, five sacks and a pick in 16 games for the Panthers. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder was selected 60th overall by Carolina in the 2014 NFL Draft.
|10||11/12/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|14||12/10/17||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|2017||New York Jets||6||8||6.0||2||0||1||9||9.0||9||0||8|
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|2017||New York Jets||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|