Jets-Charger Notebook: Mawae update

Jets safety Jon McGraw might be hearing from the league.<p>

After his vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees in the third quarter, he could be facing a fine. McGraw was penalized on the play. That hit is what eventually forced Brees out of the game with a concussion . . .

Jets middle linebacker Sam Cowart suffered an MCL sprain on his left knee, and it's unknown how long he will be out. Cowart suffered the injury when he got caught at the bottom of a pile. Jonathan Vilma played the entire second half . . .

Jets center Kevin Mawae suffered a broken right hand. He suffered the injury when he got his hand caught in another player's mask. It's unclear how long he will be out, but it's going to be awfully tough for a center to snap the football with that injury.

"If you can't feel the ball, it makes it difficult to snap," said Jets left guard Pete Kendall, who played center for the Cardinals last year.

Jonathan Goodwin did a solid job filling in for Mawae in the fourth quarter.

"Jonathan kept his poise, and ran the show," said Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. One possible good sign for Mawae was that he was able to carry some of his belongings with his right hand after the game . . .

Jets backup defensive tackle James Reed suffered a shoulder injury. With Josh Evans likely facing season-ending back surgery, and Reed potentially out for a while, the Jets have a serious depth issue at defensive tackle. Expect defensive tackle Daleroy Stewart, signed just this week, to get a crash course on the defense during the bye week and become a big part of the rotation against the Miami Dolphins. There is also a chance the Jets will sign defensive tackle Alan Harper off their practice squad . . .

With all these injuries, the Jets bye week is a blessing.

"The bye week is coming at a good time," said Jets coach Herman Edwards. "We are a beat up team."

It looks like the Jets were victimized by a bad call when the officials ruled that Jets tight end Chris Baker dropped what appeared to be a touchdown pass in the second quarter. The Jets challenged the call, but the officials didn't overrule the play.

"I don't know how you can only have one replay in the end zone," Baker told Jets Confidential. "It was a bad call. The ref only had one view of it, but the ball never touched the ground. I know for a fact it never hit the ground." . . .

Curtis Martin carried 32 times against the Chargers and took an awful beating. "I got dizzy a few times," said Martin. "It was tough sledding."

Edwards might be taking his punishment of backup tailback Lamont Jordan too far. Martin is clearly being overused and needs to be spelled by Jordan more . . .

One thing the Jets need to work on during the bye week is improving the coverage in their secondary. One example of the Jets' issues in the deep patrol was when safety Reggie Tongue was late coming over on wide receiver Reche Caldwell's 33-yard touchdown catch.

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