With the worst-case scenario regarding Jason Ferguson's rotator cuff now a reality—Ferguson is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday—the Jets continue their search for a starting nose tackle. For now, at least, the hunt for Ferguson's replacement will be conducted entirely within the organization.
On Tuesday, coach Herman Edwards dismissed rumors the Jets might re-sign longtime Jet nose tackle Ernie Logan and said he planned to find a starting nose tackle among the likes of rookie James Reed, second-year player Maurice Anderson and third-year reserve Jason Wiltz.
"We have made no contact with Ernie Logan at all," Edwards said. "I think at this point in time we have some young players there. To start saying we're bringing this guy in or that guy in, it's not fair to them. All of a sudden their mindset is ‘I'm not gonna make it.' That's not true at all."
Reed seems to have overtaken Anderson in the race for the starting job. "I know I can play," Reed said. "I've got to prove it to Herman. My first game wasn't what I expected…I did much better [in the second game] than in the first game but there's still room for improvement."
BETTER THAN IT WAS: Edwards said the Jets picked up the pace near the end of a morning session he described as "sluggish." He scolded the Jets after a mediocre practice last Tuesday, but Edwards said this so-so practice was typical for a first practice following a game.
"[You] always see [that] after a game," Edwards said.
INJURY REPORT: Tight end Jake Moreland, expected to miss up to four weeks with a sprained knee, was limping around in a cast Tuesday. Linebacker James Darling missed practice again with a strained knee and isn't expected to play Saturday night against the Giants. Linebacker Courtney Ledyard aggravated a lower shin bruise in the morning practice. On the brighter side for the Jets, safety Chris Hayes participated in his first full practice since he sprained his knee against Atlanta 10 days ago while tight end Anthony Becht also returned to practice after a bout with quadriceps tightness.