Cornerback Jamie Henderson, who suffered a severe head injury in an off-season motorcycle accident, wants to play this season. Henderson, who is making great progress in rehabilitation, feels he can be ready to play late this season. However, don't expect a late-season return this season from the affable cornerback.
"I don't think so," said Jets coach Herman Edwards about a Henderson comeback this season. "In my heart of hearts, I don't think he can do it this year. I don't think at this point that he'll be able to do a whole lot of working out."
Another factor that hurts Henderson's desire to play this year is the fact that the Jets are installing a new defensive system. Henderson has no experience with this playbook and is way behind now . . .
The Jets continue to take it slow with defensive end John Abraham who is coming off the second groin surgery of his career.
"It was a real minor procedure," said Edwards. "They just just loosened it up. It was just real tight. He's fine. he feels good about it, but we're bringing him along real slow at this point." . . .
Right tackle Kareem McKenzie is still being held out of practice because of his surgical shoulder. The coaches are thinking he should be able to rejoin practice on June 7 . . .
Wide receiver Wayne Chrebet continues to practice without symptoms from the post-concussion syndrome that plagued him last year. However keep in mind, the true gauge of whether he is okay is when he takes his first big hit.
"Nobody's hit him in the head yet," said Edwards. "When he gets hit in the head, we'll find out. He's going to get hit in the head, whether it's practice or eventually in a game. We're not playing powderpuff football."
From what we, in the April minicamp, Chrebet did have a minor collision with safety Jon McGraw, and came out of it okay . . .
The only player not at the OTA's yet is running back Derrick Ward, who can't report until he graduates from college later this week . . .
We hear defensive tackle Alan Harper has picked up his game in NFL Europe with a couple of sacks in the last three games . . .
According to an NFL source, former Jets middle linebacker Marvin Jones, still wants to play and is working with a personal trainer in Fort Myers, Florida. The source says Jones has his eye on the Giants, a team that could use a veteran middle linebacker. Right now the Giants are starting Nick Griesen in the middle, but he has very little experience . . .
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