Finally, after six often-tedious weeks of training camp, the Jets began preparing in earnest today for a game that really counts—Sunday's regular season opener against the Indianapolis Colts at the Meadowlands. And with four days to go before the contest, the Jets are about as close to full strength as they can get.
There were no surprises on the Jets' injury list Wednesday. WR Santana Moss, of course, is out as he recovers from knee surgery. Inside linebacker Courtney Ledyard was listed as out with the shin injury he battled at the end of the preseason. Jake Moreland is also out as he recovers from the sprained knee he suffered against Baltimore on Aug. 18.
Tackle Cornell Green is listed as doubtful with a knee injury while punter Tom Tupa, who didn't play at all in the preseason as he recovered from offseason hernia surgery, is listed as doubtful with a hip problem. However, Tupa is able to run and throw the ball, so he worked with the quarterbacks during practice and will likely be the Jets' emergency signal-caller on Sunday. He hasn't played quarterback since he stepped in for the injured Vinny Testaverde in the 1999 season opener against New England.
MARTIN PUSHING REED FOR TIME?: James Reed is still listed as the Jets' starter at nose tackle, but new arrival Steve Martin, who just began learning the playbook Monday, got a lot of reps with the first team during his first practice on Wednesday. It appears as if the Jets are going to work Martin into a platoon with Reed, who is talented but tends to expend a lot of energy and tire quickly.
COLTS INJURY REPORT: QB Peyton Manning, who has been an Iron Man in his three years in the league, is listed as probable with the knee injury he suffered against Minnesota two weeks ago. DE Mark Thomas (hip), DE Chad Bratzke (chest injury) and rookie WR Reggie Wayne (ankle) are all listed as questionable.
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