NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 11:44 PM
A day after declaring he would start on Sunday in Houston, Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to a full practice Thursday after undergoing surgery on his left thumb last Friday to repair a torn ligament.
Fitzpatrick just threw off to the side on Wednesday in order to get an extra day to heal, but appeared back to normal on Thursday.
“I thought he did a good job,” Todd Bowles said of his quarterback. “I didn’t think he was any worse for wear from last week. He’s not taking pain medicine or anything, so he had a full practice, so he’ll play Sunday. Barring any setbacks, he’ll play Sunday.”
HOP TO IT
Darrelle Revis has his hands full with top-notch wide receivers nearly every game, but his toughest test yet might be coming on Sunday against Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins began the week third in the NFL in receiving with 927 yards to go along with seven touchdowns. He has 71 receptions on a league-leading 125 targets.
“He’s one of the best in the league,” Revis said of Hopkins. “He kind of reminds me of Anquan Boldin. They give him a lot of targets. They move him around. He’s their go-to guy. He makes a lot of plays.”
Hopkins missed practice Thursday but said he’s “100%” and Texans coach Bill O’Brien thinks he’ll play.
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was surprised the Bills didn’t come with the all-out blitz they normally would on the fourth-and-4 attempted pass to Kellen Davis last Thursday.
Buffalo rushed just three and dropped everyone else in coverage after jamming Davis at the line of scrimmage. Davis got hung up and the pass sailed over his head for an incompletion.
“They played match-drop and they’ve been a zero blitz, here they come, bring the farm (defense,)” Gailey said. “That’s what they’ve done in every game up until then. So it worked out that — you beat yourself up. If you knew that was going to happen, you’ve got about four other calls you’d rather have made, but that’s life.”
WR Quincy Enunwa spoke for the first time Thursday since returning from a four-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy. The suspension stemmed from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2014. The charges were dismissed but Enunwa was suspended for four games anyway.
“I learned a lot about the NFL,” Enunwa said. “I learned a lot about myself. I just kind of want to make sure that I don’t put myself in any kind of position like that again. There’s a lot of sides to the NFL,” he added. “And I never want to be on that side of the NFL.” … DT Sheldon Richardson (hamstring,) S Dion Bailey (ankle) and CB Dee Milliner (illness) all missed practice Thursday. … C Nick Mangold (neck, hand) returned to practice.
With SETH WALDER