Friday Injury Report Analysis

We fell into the trap yesterday of thinking that probable means a guys is likely going to play.

With the Jets, that is often not the case. After all, Jets coach Herman Edwards did say a few weeks ago that probable means 50-50 to him. Jets guard Brandon Moore (hamstring-questionable) was downgraded to questionable on Friday. He had been listed a probable early in the week. If he can't start, Jonathan Goodwin will start at right guard. He manned that position last week, filling in for Moore, and did a solid job.

The Jets should have two starters back in the lineup who missed all of last week's game against San Francisco.

Starting guard Pete Kendall (toe-probable) will likely return to the lineup this week. Kendall has a broken right big toe, and will wear a protective device in his shoe to protect the injury. The Jets missed him last week, because his replacement, Brent Smith, isn't nearly as mobile as Kendall.

Also likely returning to the lineup after a week on the shelf is starting wide receiver and punt returner Santana Moss (hamstring-probable). The return of Moss should help the Jets passing game, which struggled last week in his absence. The wideouts managed only six catches against the 49ers. Moss with his 4.3 speed opens up passing lanes for other wide receivers with his deep speed.

The Jets will be without two rookie defensive backs. Nickel back Derrick Strait (foot-out) and S Rashad Washington (foot-out) both will be out of the lineup Sunday. Veteran Terrell Buckley will fill-in for Strait as the team's nickel back, and Derek Pagel will take over Washington's role on special teams as a reserve safety.

Linebacker Sam Cowart (knee-out) returned to practice this week, but won't return to action until the team's Monday night game against Miami next week. Cowart worked with the scout team this week. Cowart was listed as questionable on Wednesday but was downgraded to out on Friday. His listing earlier in the week was probably more of a motivation ploy to show him he was getting closer to playing. There is no way Cowart playing this week was ever a 50-50 proposition. Rookie Jonathan Vilma, who had a key fourth quarter interception last week against the 49ers will continue to fill-in for Cowart. Vilma has been playing so well, it's hard to see Cowart getting his starting job back when he returns.

Fullback B.J. Askew (shoulder-probable) should play this week. If he can't go, the Jets would have a problem because they have no other backup fullback on the roster.


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