Jets Notebook: Yet another banged up DB

In the afternoon practice, the Jets almost lost two key players on one play.

Defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Ray Mickens collided in the middle of the field, and both players got up slowly. Abraham was fine, but Mickens bruised his knee and sat out the rest of the practice with ice wrapped around his right knee. The injury shouldn't keep Mickens out of action long because there was no structural damage. Mickens joins a growing list of injured Jets defensive backs including both starting safeties, Jon McGraw (calf) and Reggie Tongue (calf) . . .

Jets coach Herman Edwards said during the off-season that quarterback Chad Pennington will be given the chance to audible at the line of scrimmage. He did not have the luxury the previous two years. Pennington called an audible on one play in the afternoon practice, and resulted in a pass over the middle that was broken up . . .

The pass of the day was a perfect toss by Pennington on a deep out to wide receiver Justin McCareins. The ball was delivered perfectly between cornerback David Barrett and safety Erik Coleman who were right in the vicinity . . .

Wide receiver Jonathan Carter sat out the afternoon practice. The team said it was just to give him a practice off, something the team does with its receivers throughout training camp. However, while he was standing on the sidelines, he had an ice bag on his knee. Remember Carter's season ended in Buffalo last year when he suffered a serious knee injury . . .

Quarterback Brooks Bollinger had his best practice of training camp in the afternoon. He had three excellent throws in a row. His most impressive completion was a beautiful toss down the middle of the field to rookie wide receiver Terence Stubbs. The pass was lofted perfectly about 40 yards down the field over a couple of defensive backs.

By the way, Stubbs isn't getting a lot of media attention, but he's quietly having a very good camp. He has excellent speed and consistent hands. He might have been a little undervalued coming out of college because he missed most of his senior year due to a shoulder injury. He is making himself tough to cut . . .

In his first practice, Pete Kendall took over immediately at left guard for Brent Smith, who has been moved over to right guard to compete with Brandon Moore, who has been inconsistent. It shouldn't take Kendall long to get comfortable in the West Coast passing offense since he played in that system in Seattle under head coach Mike Holmgren. The running game is a different story. Kendall has not played in a running scheme similar to the Jets attack.

"I'm still trying to figure out some things they went over last week," said Kendall. "I'm sure [the other offensive linemen] resent me slowing them down and keeping them in meetings longer."

Safety Rashad Washington had big hits in both the morning and afternoon practices with the victims being tight end John Paul Foschi and running back Ian Smart. Washington is a big safety at 6-1, 217, and consistently delivers impressive hits. He probably needs some seasoning this season after playing just two years of safety at Kansas State, but he looks like a potential starter in the future . . .

Speaking of rookie safeties, Erik Coleman continues to make a serious run at the starting strong safety job with Tongue out since the first day of camp. Is Coleman starting to make Tongue nervous?

"No doubt," said Tongue. "He is going to make it real hard on Donnie (Henderson) when I come back, so I need to come back as soon as possible. He is out there doing real well. He is way ahead of where I was my first year - way ahead. So it has got me nervous." . . . Santana Moss missed yet another practice with a hamstring injury. Edwards is going to take no chances with Moss considering the wide out as a history of hamstring problems.

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