Slauson's Knee Strength Is "100%"

Jets left guard Matt Slauson is healthy and ready for the big Monday night game in Foxboro.

Florham Park, NJ – The Jets received good news on Thursday when right tackle Damien Woody declared that he will play the upcoming game against the Patriots. On the other side of the line, left guard Matt Slauson declared himself healthy too.

Slauson has been bothered with a nagging knee injury for several weeks now but said that after last Thursday night's game and a little break that he is rounding about in to shape.

"No one is ever healthy at this time of the year, it's always something," Slauson told "But I'm feeling a lot better, that's for sure. For sure, better than I was a few weeks ago."

The second-year pro, just one of three draft choices for the Jets last year, has settled in well along the left side of the line after somewhat of a rocky start. The knee injury hasn't hampered him much over the past several games though he did have to miss practice to work on rehabbing and treating the injury.

"Strength wise, it is 100%," Slauson said. "Flexibility wise, maybe 90% to 95%. The only thing that will make it better is rest, which I'll get after the season. For now, it is being smart with it."

Even if the pain was greater then it is, Slauson said there is no way he'd miss Monday night against New England.

"Not missing that one, that's for sure," Slauson said.

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