WR Wayne Chrebet has been placed on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the 2003 football season. He will not play again this year. <p>

According to Dr. Elliott Pellman, the Jets team physician, Chrebet is suffering from post concussion syndrome, in a mild form.

"Right now he has post concussion syndrome," said Dr. Pellman. "There are many degrees of post concussion syndrome, but he is in no way severe. He could very well be better by tomorrow, he is getting better, and his tests indicate that this was fairly mild."

The team does not expect this to be the end of Chebet's career, as they expect him to play football again.

"It is important not to take any risks with Wayne," said Pellman. "The prognosis would be the same if we were going to the playoffs. I am fairly certain he will play next year, but I cannot tell you if he is going to have this type of injury for next year. This decision is so that I can sleep at night and his wife can sleep well at night."

The loss of Chrebet leaves the Jets with a hole to fill at wide receiver. The Jets did place a claim for former Cleveland Browns WR Kevin Johnson, but he was claimed by Jacksonville.

Jets GM Terry Bradway told Jets Confidential Wednesday that the team would probably sign a receiver by tomorrow afternoon, but he would not go into specifics about who that player might be.

In the meantime Bradway expects Jonathan Carter, and Curtis Conway to see time as the slot receiver this weekend.


In order for Jacksonville to make room for WR Kevin Johnson, they released WR J. J. Stokes.

Stokes is (6-4-225), and would fit the need the Jets have for a big physical reciever. He may be just what Jets GM Terry Bradway is looking for, as a replacement for Chrebet, to finish out the 2003 season.

Stokes was a first round draft pick in 1995. Stokes was the first reciever selected in the 95 draft. He has played a number of years in the West Coast offense, during his time with the 49ERS, making the adjustment to Gang Green's offense an easy transition.

Given Stoke's familiarity with the West Coast Scheme, it is possible if he were to be signed by the Jets on Thursday, he could be in uniform, and recieve meaningfull snaps against the Colts.

In Stoke's last full-season as a starting WR in 2001, he started 16 games, caught 54 passes, and scored seven touchdowns.

A veteran of 9 NFL seasons Stokes has started 66 NFL games, and played in 111. For his career he has 327 receptions, for 4,139 yards, and 53 touchdowns.

Stokes was signed by the Jaguars as a free agent prior to the beggining on the 2003 season. Stokes has started in four post-season contests.


The Jets could also look at a wide receiver with kick return experience, so a player like Martay Jenkins or Albert Johnson would make sense. Another player they might be interested in is Fred Coleman, a former Patriot, who had a brief stint with the team a few years ago.


DE John Abraham is out, and will not play this weekend against the Colts.

CB Donnie Abraham, and FS Jon McGraw are both questionable with shoulder injuries. McGraw might be closer to playing than Abraham.

LB Sam Cowart (knee) LB Victor Hobson (back) LB Mo Lewis (hip/back) and CB Ray Mickens (neck) are all probable.

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