Jets DE Ellis has broken hand

Posted Jan. 18, 2010 @ 4:26 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Jets starting DE Shaun Ellis suffered a broken left hand on the first play of the Jets' divisional playoff victory over the Chargers Sunday, but he will put off surgery until after the AFC championship game so that he can face the Colts and try to help New York reach its first Super Bowl in 40 years.

Ellis, a 10th-year veteran who had 6½ sacks this season, told reporters Monday that he will need surgery to place screws into his injured hand to help it heal properly. But he isn't going to do that until after Sunday's game at Indianapolis.

He is planning to play against the Colts with his hand "clubbed up" in a cast, as he did in San Diego when he was reduced to playing on third downs with backup Mike DeVito playing on first and second downs.

If the Jets advance to the Super Bowl, Ellis will get the surgery performed and have two weeks to heal before the big game.