"It will be an end of the week decision," said Mawae.
"It's a 50-50 deal," said Jets coach Herman Edwards.
The Jets All-Pro center joked on Monday that one reason he's not going to comment on his condition is because he doesn't want to tip off his old nemesis, Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, on whether he's going to play or not.
"The less he knows, the better," Mawae said smiling.
Aside from wanting to help the Jets get to 3-0, another reason Mawae doesn't want to miss the Dolphins game is he would like to continue his streak of 157 starts. He has his eye on the record for consecutive starts for a center held by former Oakland Raider Jim Otto.
But the Jets could probably afford to sit Mawae against Miami with the Dolphins issues at defensive tackle. It is possible that both starters Larry Chester and Tim Bowens could miss this game due to injuries. Chester will definitely miss the game because he was put on IR. Bowens was doubtful for the Dolphins last game with the Pittsburgh Steelers with a back ailment.
Mawae currently has a cracked bone in his right hand, but if he plays prematurely, he could risk breaking it. Also, it stands to reason that Mawae will have trouble snapping with a cracked bone in his snapping hand.
If Mawae can't play, it's unclear who will replace him at center. It could be either Jonathan Goodwin, who filled in for the injured Mawae during the second half at San Diego. Another possible replacement is Pete Kendall, who started at center for the Arizona Cardinals last year. If Kendall moved over to center, Brent Smith or Goodwin would start at left guard. They platooned at that position last year.
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