The New York Jets announced today that starting cornerback Donnie Abraham is expected to miss eight weeks of action due to a fractured right shoulder. <p>

Abraham, in his eighth NFL season and second with the Jets, was injured in the first quarter of the Jets' 21-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 14 at The Meadowlands.

A veteran of 110 regular season games (96 starts), Abraham joined the Jets as a free agent in April of 2002 and went on to start all 16 regular season games for the Jets last season and had a team-high four interceptions and tied for the team lead with 17 passes defensed, along with 64 tackles.

In two games this season, both of which he started, Abraham recorded eight tackles, an interception (at Washington) and a pass defensed. In Abraham's absence, eight-year veteran Ray Mickens is expected to move into the starting lineup. Mickens has appeared in 112 regular season games for the Jets with 22 career starts, and has 297 tackles, 63 passes defensed, nine interceptions, six sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He was selected by the Jets in the third round of the 1996 Draft out of Texas A&M.

Abraham will undergo surgery to repair the fracture on Thursday, September 18 at ProHEALTH Care Associates in Lake Success, New York by Jets' Associate Orthopedist Dr. Kenneth Montgomery.

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