Kenrick Ellis gathered a few things from his locker, joked around with a New York Jets teammate and smiled.
The second-year defensive tackle was relaxed and happy throughout the team's three-day minicamp, giving no indication that he would be headed to a much different place than everyone else planning their vacations after the final practice Thursday.
Ellis is expected to report Friday to a Virginia prison, where he will begin serving a 45-day jail sentence after pleading guilty last month to assault and battery stemming from a 2010 fight while attending college at Hampton University.
''It's a legal issue,'' Ellis said this week, ''and it's over with.''
Or, at least, it will be soon.
Ellis is thrilled with everything he has accomplished this offseason on the field, impressing his coaches with marked improvement and a resculpted body. All of that will be put on hold for now as he is expected to miss a few days of training camp next month while finishing his sentence.
''He's a ...