Wednesday Whispers - Celestin looks good

John Abraham was added to the injury report on Wednesday as "probable" with what the team is calling an "illness".

From what we hear, Abraham has food poisoning. He had a chicken dish for dinner on Tuesday that didn't agree with him. He left the building with a bunch of Gatorade to help him overcome this illness.

Abraham should be okay by Sunday, and the Jets need a big game from him. The team will likely have to win this game on defense, and Abraham's match-up with Ravens backup left tackle Ethan Brooks could create a lot of havoc, and some potential turnovers. Brooks is filling in for the Ravens All Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden, who has a severe hamstring pull. Brooks gave up three sacks to journeyman defensive end Kenard Lang on opening day in Cleveland, and Abraham is much better than Lang. Not helping Brooks' case is that he's also banged up with a broken finger and a thigh injury . . .

Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett isn't going to put shackles on quarterback Quincy Carter and make him stay within the confines of the West Coast offense this Sunday. Hackett will let Carter improvise. Carter is filling in for injured starter Chad Pennington (shoulder).

"Quincy, you have to be yourself," Hackett told Carter. "You have to go play like you play."

And the Jets might run some different routes with Carter since he has a better arm than Pennington.

"This guy has a magnificent arm, and I think we are going to take advantage of it," said Hackett. . . .

Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson was so impressed with newly-signed safety Oliver Celestin in his first practice, that he intends on creating a role for him against the Ravens. Celestin was signed off the Minnesota Vikings practice squad on Tuesday. Since Celestin doesn't know the system yet, Henderson will put in a package for him in the dime defense where he just has to play man-to-man and follow one player around. Celestin might be the Jets only backup safety available on Sunday. Derek Pagel was put on IR with a calf injury. Rashad Washington is out with a foot ailment, and Jon McGraw is questionable with a groin pull.

Celestin should also help the Jets on special teams. He was the best kick and punt cover guy for the Berlin Thunder last season in NFL Europe . . .

Some people have compared Jonathan Vilma to fellow Miami Hurricane Ray Lewis, now with the Baltimore Ravens, and perhaps the best middle linebacker in football. Lewis' was a mentor to Vilma at Miami.

"A lot of people said he was too small, and they said that too, when I came out," said Lewis. "They guy is really energetic and I love watching him play football."

Henderson, who came to the Jets after coaching with the Ravens for five years, sees Vilma and Lewis as similar players.

"You can't tell me [Vilma] doesn't look like a little Ray Lewis," said Henderson . . .

The return of linebacker Sam Cowart this week could help the Jets run defense deal with Jamal Lewis. Jonathan Vilma at 229 pounds is a bad match-up against the 245 pound Lewis. Cowart at 245 pounds, physically matches up better against Jamal Lewis.

With Ogden likely out this week, this should make it easier to deal with Lewis. Ogden missed both Cleveland games this year and Lewis rushed for 57 and 81 yards.

The key to stopping Lewis is slowing him down early in his run. Once he gets a head of steam, lookout. You don't want him entering the secondary.

"Once he gets to the third level of defense, he's gone," said Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson. "If you were a DB would you want to tackle him." Lewis has tremendous speed for a running back his size. He outran the field for a 75-yard touchdown in a Raven win over Cincinnati earlier in the season.

The Jets need to do a much better job of run defense than they did last Sunday in Buffalo, when they allowed Willis McGahee to rush for 132 yards. The problem last week was poor gap control, especially on the edges . . .

Aside from Ogden, the Jets get another injury break this week with the announcement that the Ravens Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap will miss the game with an ankle injury. There is also a good chance that Ravens nickel back Deion Sanders will be inactive with a turf toe injury.

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