Elliott Pellman had a long talk with Jon McGraw after practice. Pellman, the Jets team doctor, is head of the league's committee on head injuries. McGraw suffered a concussion in the Redskins game. He has been cleared to play, but Pellman is monitoring the situation closely . . .
Paul Hackett thinks the Jets are in for a stiff challenge offensively on Sunday. "This is the best defense in the NFL," said Hackett. "They aren't complicated. They just play straight forward and simple."
Hackett admitted on Thursday that the offense, with Testaverde at the helm, is going to take a few weeks to get going on a high level.
"This is still a work in progress at least for the next few weeks," said Hackett. But Hackett is very happy with the offensive line.
"I have a smile on my face on that one," said Hackett. "The pass protection was solid. The run blocking was okay."
Jason Glenn suffered a sprained ankle in Wednesday's practice and wasn't dressed Thursday. He was hobbling bad and in a lot of pain on Wednesday. He is listed as probable for the game. Glenn is an important player on the team. Not only is he one of their best special teams player and the special teams captain, but he is now playing in nickel packages on defense. If he can't play, his defensive role will be filled by Victor Hobson . . .
Wayne Chrebet had a great week of practice and should have a big role this week. With both Dolphin cornerbacks Sam Madison (ankle) and Patrick Surtain (knee) banged up, the Jets passing offense could be poised for a breakout game . . . Another bit of injury news that bodes well for the Jets involves Zach Thomas. He was downgraded to "questionable" with a rib injury. While he is likely to play, this could give Kevin Mawae a big advantage in their matchup . . .
Chester McGlockton will have his role increased to 20-25 plays this week. The coaches were very happy with the way he played against Randy Thomas last week. His ability to draw double-teams is a big help to the Jets ends. Expect John Abraham to have a big game on Dolphins rookie left tackle Wade Smith, who clearly isn't ready to be a starter yet.
Herman Edwards had an interesting thought today on Abraham.
"He has Hall-Of-Fame ability," said Edwards . . .
The Jets had long practices on Wednesday and Thursday that went overtime . . .
There was some media speculation that Cowart was at fault on Patrick Ramsey's key 24-yard scramble last Thursday night. Herman Edwards confirmed today that is absolutely wasn't his fault and that his job was to stay with the running back . . . Ted Cottrell feels the team is light years ahead of where they were last year. Cottrell made great half-time adjustments against the Redskins and he admitted this week he never could have made them last year, at this time, because the players would not have understood them . . .
Cottrell feels the Jets need to be prepared this week for the Dolphins to do reverses and fake reverses.
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