Marty ball: Jets' Ryan sends gift

Jets coach

Rex Ryan

sent a game ball to former coach

Marty Schottenheimer

after last weekend's playoff upset of the San Diego Chargers, the team that fired the father of New York's offensive coordinator following a 14-2 regular season.

Brian Schottenheimer

said he was touched when he learned of his boss' gesture Tuesday - and joked that it didn't even occur to him to do it.


Marty Schottenheimer was fired in February 2007 after the Chargers lost their first playoff game despite having the NFL's best record that season. He had 35 wins and two AFC West titles in his last three seasons in San Diego, where his son was quarterbacks coach from 2002 to 2005.

In other Jets news, defensive end

Shaun Ellis

has returned to practice on a limited basis with a broken left hand.

Ellis, one of the Jets' top pass rushers, was injured early in the team's victory at San Diego. He missed practice Wednesday but was on the field in a cast Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game.


Kerry Rhodes

bumped his knee and was limited during practice, as were linebackers

Bart Scott

(left ankle), a former Raven, and

David Harris

(right ankle). All are expected to play.



Wade Phillips

has a new two-year contract, a deal indicating that owner

Jerry Jones

is encouraged yet not satisfied. "This contract represents that," Jones said after signing Phillips through the 2011 season. "Two years in the NFL is an eternity, but it has to be urgent and it has to be addressed as if there is no tomorrow. ... It addresses the urgency of where we want to go from here."

Chris Foerster

was named offensive line coach, replacing the retired

Joe Bugel

. The team also added two other assistants to coach

Mike Shanahan

's staff: defensive line coach

Jacob Burney

and defensive backs coach

Bob Slowik



Defensive tackle

Kevin Williams

and defensive end

Ray Edwards

missed their second consecutive practice because of knee troubles. Wide receiver-kick returner

Percy Harvin

( migraine headache) also was not present.