Pennington will be the Jets third quarterback when they travel to Houston on Sunday to battle the Texans.
"The third quarterback doesn't play," said Edwards on Wednesday.
The quarterback, according to the coach, has been cleared 100 % by the team's medical staff to play.
Making Pennington the third quarterback is symbolic, meaning his return as the team's starter is coming very soon.
On Monday Edwards said Pennington had a 50/50 chance of starting next week in Philadelphia. The head coach said Wednesday that those odds still have not changed.
But clearly the decision to make Pennington active makes it a very serious possibility he will be the starter against the Eagles.
Edwards said his decision would not be influenced what-so-ever by the play of QB Vinny Testaverde.
Pennington was originally thought to be out 12 weeks when he broke his left wrist in a preseason game with the Giants on August 23rd. However, he has been recovering nicely from this injury, and practicing for the last two weeks.
Last year, he started 12 games and threw for 3,120 yards, 22 touchdowns, and compiled a 104.2 quarterback rating, the highest in the NFL.
The Jets origionally waived DT Alan Harper, and CB Leonard Myers. Myers hurt his shoulder in the game against the Bills, and that is why he was released. He would not be able to play this week. The Jets are in dire need of defensive backs that can play right now. It is possible he could be back on the team by the end of the season.
Harper is intriguing because the Jets invested a fourth round draft pick in him in the 2002 NFL draft. Harper was assigned later in the day to the Jets practice squad.
The Jets have signed CB Ray Green (6-3, 215), formerly with the Giants.
Gang Green also signed S David Young (6-1, 209) formerly of the Cleveland Browns practice squad. Young was originally a sixth round selection of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2003 NFL draft. He was waived by Jacksonville at the end of their training camp. It is interesting to note that Cleveland, the team he was previously on, plays a Cover Two zone, much like the Jets.
Houston starting CB Aaron Glenn is doubtful on the injury report but Marcus Coleman said in a conference call that he would not play this weekend against the Jets. That is a huge break for the Jets. Glenn is the Texans best player.