Every year the Jets promise to reduce the workload on Martin and every year he once again racks up well over 300 carries. This year, Martin is on pace to carry the ball 359 times, a bit more than the 351 carries he's averaged since he joined the Jets in 1998.
"It doesn't bother me at all, that's what I've done for six years now," Martin said. "That doesn't bother me at all, that's what I prefer, actually."
Center Kevin Mawae and quarterback Vinny Testaverde said Thursday they believe Martin, who is on pace to shatter his career-highs in yards per carry and rushing yards, is running better than he ever has in a Jets uniform. Entering this year, Martin was averaging 3.9 yards per carry in 2010 career carries. His season-high for rushing yards was 1,487, which he reached as a rookie in New England in 1995. But through five games this year, Martin has averaged 4.6 yards per carry and has an NFL-best 516 rushing yards, which puts him on pace to run for 1,652 yards. No wonder the Jets can't find any carries for rookie LaMont Jordan, who was drafted to spell Martin but has just six carries so far.
CONCUSSION DOESN'T FAZE CHREBET: Wayne Chrebet, who suffered a concussion against Miami on Sunday, was added to the injury report as probable after he felt woozy during practice Wednesday. Chrebet said his physical activity on Monday and Tuesday was limited to gardening-"I put mums in," he said with a grin Thursday-and he felt it when he felt it when he worked up a sweat on Wednesday. "The blood rushes to your head and that's when you know where you are," Chrebet said. "I just wasn't feeling well so Herm said to take it easy.
"I'm fine," Chrebet said. "No big deal."
INJURY REPORT: In addition to Chrebet, Rick Lyle was added to the injury report as probable after he broke his nose in practice Wednesday. Everything else is the same as Wednesday: Santana Moss (out, knee), Chad Morton (doubtful, ankle), Steve Martin (questionable, foot) and Shaun Ellis (questionable, hip).
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