New York Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis is scheduled to be in a Virginia jail on Friday to begin a 45-day sentence.

"I have conversations with a lot of our players, but obviously that's a different situation. But I definitely talked to him," Jets coach Rex Ryan told the Newark Star-Ledger. "There are people that have gone through similar things, and I basically said, 'Lean on each other.' That's pretty much it."

Ellis was sentenced for his part in a 2010 fight at Hampton University, and his jail term is scheduled to end July 29, three days into New York's training camp.

Ellis' chief concern is staying in shape while he is incarcerated.