"If I have to wait another week or two to make sure I'm ready, I will do that," said Cowart.
"I don't know if he has full confidence (in his knee) yet," said Jets coach Herman Edwards. "You don't want a player going ou there if he's not fully confident. If they are worried about certain things, you don't put them out there."
Even if Cowart does play this week, he's not going to start. Jonathan Vilma is coming off his best game as a Jet with nine tackles on Monday night against the Miami Dolphins. So even if Cowart returns he will likely be a role player.
Linebacker Jason Glenn (arm-out) will likely be out another month with a broken right arm. He is primarily a special teams player, so his various roles will be filled by a variety of players.
Swing tackle Brent Smith (knee-doubtful) won't be available this week.
"You might put him as out if you'd like," said Edwards.
While this MCL injury isn't considered serious, it could keep him out a couple of week. With Smith out, rookie Adrian Jones will be the primary backup at the offensive tackle positions. Jones is very raw, so if he has to play at this point of his initial campaign, he would likely struggle. Remember he only played one year on the offensive line at the University of Kansas. He was a tight end his first three years at the school.
Safety Rashad Washington (foot-questionable) will likely miss his fourth straight games. He hasn't practiced this week. He is is mainly a special teams player, and the Jets have other players who can fill his role.
Wide receiver Wayne Chrebet (back-questionable) hasn't practiced this week. He was downgraded to probable to questionable on Friday. Chrebet is the kind of player who can play without practicing, so there is a good chance he will suit up on Sunday.
"Wayne will be a game-time decision," said Edwards. "If he wakes up Sunday or tomorrow and feels great, then he'll play – no different than he did opening day. He didn't practice and everybody was worried about what we're going to do. I told him if you're ready to go then you're going to play. He ends up making two big catches for us on third down.
Right guard Brandon Moore (hamstring-probable) was upgraded from questionable, and might return to the lineup this week, but it's not a given. He has practiced all week, but his hamstring is still heavily wrapped. He suffered a little setback last week. The Jets are saying he's likely to start this week, but this isn't a lock. If he can't go, Jonathan Goodwin will make his fourth straight start. He's done a pretty solid job. Even if Moore plays, there is a chance he will platoon with Goodwin.
Cornerback Derrick Strait (foot-probable) could return this week from a foot injury that has kept him out a month. He has practiced all week. The return of Stait would be a boon to the Jets nickel package.
It is illegal to reprint this story on any message board or website.