Thursday Injury Report Analysis

The Jets injury report got shorter this week.

Right guard Brandon Moore (knee-questionable) will likely miss his third straight game with a pulled hamstring. He didn't practice on Wednesday and Thursday. If he can't go, Jonathan Goodwin will once against start for him. Goodwin has been good, not great filling in for Moore. However, he gets a break this week with the announcement that Dolphins defensive tackle Tim Bowens was put on IR. With the Dolphins other starting defensive tackle, Larry Chester, already on IR, Goodwin should be able to do fine against the Dolphins backups at those two positions, who aren't nearly as big as Bowens and Chester.

Reserve outside linebacker Jason Glenn (arm-out) will be out 4-6 weeks. His role is limited on defense, varying from week-to-week. If the Glenn role, mainly in pass coverage, is needed this week, second-year linebacker Mark Brown will get the call. While not as fast as Glenn, he's very smart and instinctive. Brown will also help fill Glenn's many roles on special team.

Middle linebacker Sam Cowart (questionable-knee) did practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but it's not a given he's going to play.

"He is questionable, but I doubt he plays," said Jets coach Herman Edwards.

If Cowart can't go, rookie Jonathan Vilma will get his fifth straight start. Vilma has done okay, but like most rookies, is a work in progress. He had just four tackles last week against New England.

Nickel back Derrick Strait (foot-questionable) didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday, and probably won't play. He has a stress fracture in his foot. He will once again be replaced by veteran Terrell Buckley, who has been inconsistent the last couple of games. He made a bad read on a 65-yard catch by San Francisco's Arnaz Battle two week ago, and last week he gave up a 7-yard touchdown to the New England's David Patten. Look for Miami to attempt to pick on Buckley a 13-year veteran who doesn't run as fast as he used to.

Safety Rashad Washington (foot-questionable) didn't practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and likely won't play. Washington has no role on defense. He will be replaced in his backup safety role by second-year safety Derek Pagel.

Left guard Pete Kendall isn't listed on the injury report, but his right big toe is still broken. However, he was able to play with it last week, and has practiced full this week.

Wide receiver/punt returner Santana Moss' hamstring still isn't 100 percent. He is closer to 90 percent, but he's not on the injury report.

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