Pennington back early?

Chad Pennington might begin throwing a football as early as next Saturday. <p>

Pennington, the Jets franchise quarterback, was injured in a game against the New York Giants on Saturday August 23rd, when linebacker Brandon Short shot through a hole in the Jets offensive line, and sacked the fourth year signal caller.

The result was a fractured 5th metacarpal bone, and 4 dislocations along his non-throwing hand. Pennington was then said to be out twelve weeks.

He might be back sooner than expected.

"I can throw right now if I wanted to," said Pennington. "I am going to wait (to throw the ball) until I get the pins out so I don't alter my throwing motion."

The initial prognosis on when the pins would be taken out of his wrist was four to six weeks.

Pennington aims to split the difference.

"We are shooting for five weeks," said Pennington. "Four weeks is Saturday to get the pins out."

As far as the ligaments that were torn, Pennington responded, "They say ligaments heal in two to four weeks."

If Pennington does make an early trip back, it is possible that he could play his first game against the Giants, in Week 9.

"Isn't that ironic," he said.

Last season was Pennington's first as the team's starter, and he did not disappoint.

The former first round draft pick started 12 games, threw for 3,120 yards and 22 touchdowns, completed 68.9 % of his passes and had a quarterback rating of 104.2, the best in the NFL.

Adjusting to being injured is a role that Pennington is not familiar with, and one he does not like.

"This is the longest I have ever been out since I have been a starter," said Pennington. "This situation is a test, I have never been in a situation like this before, I actually wake up irritated."

Even though he is upset about not playing and helping his team, #10 is doing everything he can to make it back ahead of schedule.

"I am doing everything I can to stay in shape, I am doing the treadmill, and lower body lifting," said Pennington. "My personal motivation is to get back out on the field. It's all about patience and working back from adversity."


Starting cornerback Donnie Abraham has opted against having surgery on his shoulder, and has not ruled out the possibility of returning early from his injury. Abraham was said by Herman Edwards this week to be missing eight weeks.

"Any time you have surgery there is a chance something can happen," said Abraham. "You never know (to come back early) every single body responds differently to injuries, we will see how my body responds."


The Jets made a transaction Thursday signing third year cornerback Leonard Myers to their practice squad. Myers spent his first two seasons with the New England Patriots making one start in 15 career games.

The signing of Myers is interesting considering whom the Jets play this week. Is it possible that the 5-10 196 pound former sixth round draft pick has certain secrets about the Patriots defensive strategy?

When asked this by a reporter on Thursday, Myers responded "Oh yeah, oh yeah. I know a little something."

In order to make room for Myers the Jets released running back Jonathan Reese.

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