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Draft Scout *Muhammad Wilkerson News
09/23/14 - DE Muhammad Wilkerson (knee) has been diagnosed with a contusion. Wilkerson limped off the field after colliding with teammate Calvin Pace in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 27-19 loss to the Bears on Monday night. Head coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that Wilkerson may miss practice Wednesday but that he shouldn't be in danger of missing Sunday's game against Detroit.
09/22/14 - DE Muhammad Wilkerson (knee) left in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 27-19 loss to the Bears on Monday night. Wilkerson collided with Jets DE Calvin Pace as the two converged upon Bears QB Jay Cutler. Wilkerson tried to get up but fell down. He eventually limped off the field under his own power. Following the game, Jets coach Rex Ryan said through a spokesperson that Wilkerson's injury was not serious.
12/25/13 - --DE Muhammad Wilkerson was named the Curtis Martin Most Valuable Player in balloting conducted by Jets players. Wilkerson has solidified his reputation as one of the best defensive players in football this season by collecting 10.5 sacks, 62 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception through 15 games. Wilkerson is the fifth straight defensive player to win the award but the first member of the defensive line to earn team MVP honors since John Elliott in 1970.
11/04/13 - Jets coach Rex Ryan used to rave about individual players. But that was before Darrelle Revis' agents used Ryan's words against the Jets in contentious contract negotiations in 2010 and before Idzik, who preaches "team" instead of "me," took over as general manager in January.
But the old Ryan appeared briefly Sunday when he couldn't help but rave about Muhammad Wilkerson after the defensive end had yet another stellar game in the Jets' 26-20 win over the Saints.
Technically, Ryan wasn't explicitly referring to Wilkerson when he said the Jets "may have the best defensive player in the league right now." But he left no doubt as to Wilkerson's identity when he tried to sidestep his comments on Monday.
"He's pretty good," Ryan said Monday, "But see, I'm not supposed to say that."
No worries. Wilkerson's performance on the field is doing all the talking this year.
Wilkerson recorded a sack for the fifth straight game, had two quarterback hits and nearly made an acrobatic interception off a tipped ball on Sunday. He leads the Jets with 8.0 sacks and 22 quarterback hurries and is establishing himself not only as a sure-fire All-Pro -- an honor he feels he should have received last year -- but also as a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year honors.
"He's decent, he's got some positive stuff to him," Ryan said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. "I slipped that (compliment on Sunday) out. He's a heckuva football player, there's no question about that. He played the run, (played the) pass smart. You see it all from him."
10/28/13 - --DE Muhammad Wilkerson recorded a sack for the fourth straight game on Sunday, when he took down the Bengals' Andy Dalton in the second quarter of the Bengals' 49-9 win. That was the only sack and only quarterback hit recorded by the Jets in the lopsided defeat. Wilkerson leads the Jets with seven sacks and 19 quarterback hits this year and has 11 sacks in his last 15 games dating back to last season.