Monday Whispers - Kendall and Moore update

The Jets got some good news on the injury front for their game with the New England Patriots.<p>

Middle linebacker Sam Cowart was upgraded to questionable. He's been out the last three games with a knee injury.

Wide receiver Santana Moss, who missed the 49er game with a hamstring injury, is probable this week.

Both starting guards, Pete Kendall and Brandon Moore, should be back for the Patriots game. Kendall (broken toe) and Moore (pulled hamstring) are listed as probable.

The 49ers went right after the Jets A and B gaps to exploit Jets backup guards Jonathan Goodwin and Brent Smith, and it was very effective in the first half.

49ers DT Bryant Young was dominant in the first half. On one play, Young pushed Brent Smith back into quarterback Chad Pennington forcing an incompletion to Wayne Chrebet on the Jets second drive. This play was particularly scary for the Jets because Pennington appeared to injury his surgical right hand on the play. It doesn't look to be serious, but Pennington did say on Sunday he needed to get treatment on Monday and Tuesday and you wonder if this is the reason why.

Goodwin and Smith picked up their games in the second half . . .

Herman Edwards told his players in his post game address to them not to talk about the New England Patriots after the game. This is very unusual. Usually coaches tell their players to avoid talking about future opponents, so they don't look ahead. However, to tell them not to talk about the team's next opponent, is rather unusual, and basically amounts to censorship.

"Let your players be themselves," said a writer. "You can't keep telling a team to turn it off and on like that."

But even though Edwards told reporters not to ask about the Patriots, this request was ignored by a number of media members. However, the players seem to listen to Edwards request.

"We worry about [the Patriots] when the time comes," said tight end Anthony Becht . . .

During their summer, there was a lot of talk about how John Abraham was going to play both defensive end and linebacker. With the linebacker role, part of the plan was for Abraham to drop into coverage quite a bit. Well after the first two games of the season, to a large degree, that plan was shelved, and it looks like the right move. The last three games, with a lot less coverage responsibilities, Abraham has been a force with six sacks, and numerous pressures.

"He's been unblockable," said one Jet player. "He was dropping more early in the year, but now they are going to utilize his talent more rushing the passer, and it has really payed off."

Not only is Abraham rushing the passer effectively, he's much improved against the run. He is making himself a lot of money in the free agent market in 2005. While the Jets have been talking to the agents for 2005 free agents like Kareem McKenzie and Shaun Ellis, there is no much going on with Abraham. Word around the NFL during the summer was they were going to let Abraham walk after this season. Between his off-the-field issues and groin problems, you got the feeling that they had soured on him. But that has obviously changed. He's the team's best defensive player, and perhaps the most talented player on the entire team. At the very least, they will now likely slap the franchise tag on him after the season . . .

You have to wonder if Jason Fabini's back is still bothering him. He struggled mightily against the 49ers John Engelberger . . .

The Jets blitzes were not getting there in the first half, and Jets safety Reggie Tongue thinks he knows why.

"We made some mistakes in the rotation of the blitzes,' said Tongue. "It wasn't a bad idea to blitz. We rotated to the wrong side on both of the big plays."

The two big plays he is referring two are the 33-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd and 65-yard strike to Arnaz Battle . . .

Kendall will use a fiberglass device to protect his broken right toe against New England.

The Jets have been a very good road team under Edwards, and the coach has a theory why.

"We aren't a bad road team because all our games are on the road," said Edwards, whose team obviously plays their home games in Giants Stadium.

Edwards on why he went for a two-point conversion at 14-9: "You go by your gut on some things, not by what the paper says," said Edwards. "Generally you don't do that." It is illegal to reprint this story on any message board or website.

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