Dues paid, Ricky Sapp ready to make his mark with Jets

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Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp was the 134th overall pick in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp was the 134th overall pick in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ricky Sapp has paid his dues, and then some.

Now it looks as if the former Clemson star will finally get to step on the field and show his stuff during a regular-season NFL game.

Sidelined by a string of injuries the past two seasons, the NFL door re-opened for Sapp when he was signed by the New York Jets. Most observers projected him as a sure bet to make the team's active roster, boosting an anemic pass rush.

Instead, Sapp suffered a slow-to-heal high ankle sprain during a preseason scrimmage, was briefly released by the Jets during final roster cuts, and was then re-signed to their practice roster.

Headed into the 10th weekend of the season, Sapp was elevated to the Jets' active roster on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend against Seattle.

Dwayne Allen, Andre Branch Meet Tonight: The paths of Clemson rookies Dwayne Allen and Andre Branch will cross again tonight when the Indianapolis Colts play the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville.

Allen will start at tight end for the Colts in the absence of fellow rookie Coby Fleener, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury. Allen had been starting at the team's designated "No. 2 wide receiver" slot before Fleener was injured.

Allen comes into tonight's game with 23 receptions for 248 yards, a 10.8 yards-per-catch average, and two touchdowns.

Branch is currently listed as one of the Jaguars' second-team defensive ends behind Austen Lane. So far this season, Branch has eight tackles, seven solo, and one sack.

The Colts are 5-3 and on a three-game winning streak, while the Jaguars are 1-7.

More Touches For Spiller: Both Bills' coach Chan Gailey and quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald agree that the team has to get the ball into C.J. Spiller's hands more often.

Since Fred Jackson has returned from his knee injury, he and Spiller have been splitting touches almost evenly, but with uneven results. In Buffalo's loss to Houston last Sunday, both Spiller and Jackson touched the ball 11 times. Spiller averaged 9.2 yards per touch, rushing and receiving, while Jackson averaged just 3.1 yards. For the season, Spiller is averaging 7.2 yards per touch, while Jackson has a 3.7 average.

"Some weeks are better than others and sometimes they take things away from you that you don't think they're going to do but they did," Gailey said during a news conference this week. "They surprised us with a defense we hadn't seen very much and we had to alter. I got to do a better job of adjusting."

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