Thursday Injury Report Analysis

MLB Sam Cowart (knee-out) has missed the last two games with an MCL injury, and will likely miss two more.

Rookie Jonathan Vilma has done a good job replacing Cowart. Last week Vilma led the Jets in tackles with eight.

LG Pete Kendall (toe-out) has a fractured big right toe, and will miss at least one game. Kendall suffered the injury early in the Jets win over Buffalo but played the rest of the game with the ailment. Replacing Kendall in the starting lineup is Brent Smith, who started all of last year at right guard. However, Smith is actually more comfortable on the left side after spending most of his pro career at left tackle. Losing Kendall will hurt the Jets running game because he is a lot more mobile than Smith, who has two reconstructed knees. Kendall hopes to come back for the New England Patriot game.

RG Brandon Moore (out-hamstring) was listed as doubtful on Wednesday, but was downgraded to out on Thursday. He suffered the injury in the first half of the Buffalo game, and didn't return to the game. If Moore can't play, he will be replaced by third-year guard Jonathan Goodwin, who filled in for him last week. The Jets called up guard Dave Yovanovits from the practice squad to backup at both guard positions. Nickel back Derrick Strait (foot-out) will miss his second straight game. He has a fracture in his right foot. He will once again be replaced by Terrell Buckley at nickel back, and rookie free agent Rod Bryant will move into Buckley's dime back role. Buckley had an interception last week to ice the Jets win.

WR Santana Moss (hamstring-questionable) didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday, and it's unclear at this point whether he is going to play on Sunday. In the past, Jets coach Herman Edwards has taken a very conservative approach when dealing with Moss when it comes to muscle pulls, and he has had many. Moss pulled his hamstring on a 34-yard punt return against the Bills. If Moss can't play, Wayne Chrebet, coming off an eight-catch game, will get the start. Justin McCareins would fill in at punt returner for Moss. McCareins handled that job for the Tennessee Titans last year, and has spelled Moss on occasion this year. If Chrebet starts, speedster Jonathan Carter moves into the third wide receiver role. However, Chrebet will remain in the slot on third down.

LB Eric Barton (ankle-probable) didn't practice on Wednesday but did return on Thursday. He will likely play on Sunday. If he can't go, fourth year linebacker Jason Glenn, brother of Houston Texan cornerback Aaron Glenn, will likely get the nod.


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