The Jets are planning to go with a platoon of rookie starter James Reed and veteran backup Steve Martin at nose tackle Sunday afternoon against Indianapolis, but coach Herman Edwards and GM Terry Bradway are still looking to upgrade the position. One possibility is ex-Bengal and ex-Chief Tom Barndt, who knows Bradway from Kansas City.
Coincidentally, Barndt visited the Chiefs earlier today. Edwards said he believes the Jets are a finalist for Barndt's services but that the veteran won't decide on his next destination until after this weekend's games.
"We're interested in the guy," Edwards said this morning. "We have to do something to get him here. Obviously, we'd have to let somebody go to bring him in."
Edwards said there was still an outside chance the Jets might look at Russell Maryland, who was released by Green Bay in the final cutdowns last weekend, but the veteran tackle hadn't returned a call to Edwards as of Wednesday. "If they want to call us, they'll call us," Edwards said, referring to Maryland and agent Leigh Steinberg.
For now Edwards is anxious to see what Martin can do after just three days with the playbook. "Steve has shown some flashes," Edwards said. "He's a big man, he can hold up inside, so we'll see how he plays."
DOUBLE GLENNS: Earlier this week, the Jets signed linebacker Jason Glenn, the younger brother of cornerback Aaron Glenn. But with the Jets stocked at linebacker, don't expect to see the siblings on the same field anytime soon.
"He's probably not going to dress [for games]," Edwards said, referring to Jason Glenn. "He has some ability, he has some talent and we wanted to give him a chance. He'll have to practice and learn the system. That's how you look at these guys…when he comes [back] in the spring, he knows the defense and the nuances [of it]."
INJURY REPORT: Punter Tom Tupa (hip) was upgraded from doubtful to questionable while RB LaMont Jordan (back) and RB/KR Chad Morton (stomach virus) were each added to the report as probables. There was no change in the status of LB Courtney Ledyard (out, leg), TE Jake Moreland (out, knee), WR Santana Moss (out, knee) and tackle Cornell Green (doubtful, knee).
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