The Jets medical staff is still undecided on whether to perform surgery on Donnie Abraham, or let his broken shoulder bone heal naturally. Either way, it looks like an eight week injury . . .
The most unfortunate part about Abraham's injury is that it could have been prevented. Remember if the Jets left defensive end on the play didn't bite on the play-fake, he could have contained Jay Fiedler and prevented him from going outside. Ted Cottrell warned his defense about this play before it happened . . .
With Abraham out two months, Ray Mickens becomes the starter. The Jets should be fine here. While he had a couple of bad plays against Miami, Mickens feels he will be much better prepared this week with a full week of reps with the starting unit. The Jets should be fine at the starting cornerback positions with Abraham out, but the nickel and dime back positions are a little bit of a concern. The new nickel back Jamie Henderson has tremendous raw ability, but he's still a work in progress, and is somewhat inconsistent. He is still shaking the cobwebs off after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury. Dime back Tyrone Carter is a safety by trade, and the dime back position is like a cornerback. Carter struggled last year when the Vikings asked him to play corner. The other option to play at dime back, former Packer Jacoby Shephard, still isn't ready to contribute. He was claimed at the beginning of September and is still learning the system . . .
While the Jets have taken a lot of criticism for letting Randy Thomas go, Thomas and the Redskins line aren't playing very well. There is concern in Washington about the health of quarterback Patrick Ramsey, who has been sacked 10 times in two games and has a banged up knee . . .
Buffalo's offense did a lot better than Philadelphia's offense against Bill Belichick's complex schemes. Vinny Testaverde feels the reason for this is because Drew Bledsoe understands Belichick's defense much better than Donovan McNabb. The Eagles signal-caller was thoroughly confused against New England's ever-changing fronts. Testaverde, who played for Belichick in Cleveland, and was around him with the Jets, feels he knows the best way to handle the creative fronts of the New England coach. "Just let the offensive line handle the blitzes and stunts and my job is to hit the open guy," said Testaverde . . .
But before getting carried away with how impressive New England was in their romp over Philadelphia last week, remember the Eagles are the most banged up team in football, and have lost four defensive linemen for the season. Also, they played the Patriots game without two of their best secondary players in cornerback Bobby Taylor and the NFL's best safety, Brian Dawkins. The Eagles, in the state they are in right now, are one of the worst teams in football.
This is a very winnable game for the Jets in Foxboro. The Patriots have issues . . .
Herman Edwards verbal shot at the offensive line's run blocking following the Miami loss has turned into an excellent motivational tool. The line is fired up to prove the coach wrong . . .
The Jets get a big break with New England's high-priced free agent acquisition, pass rushing linebacker Rosie Colvin, being ruled out of the game with a hip injury. This should help Testaverde have more time to throw . . .
Herman Edwards would not be specific, but he said to expect some new people mixed into the rotation this week. Don't be shocked if Victor Hobson gets some reps on defense.
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