Injury report analysis - Expect to see more of BT

Here is a breakdown of the Jets injury report:

The Jets will be without quarterback Chad Pennington (shoulder-out) for 2-4 weeks. At this point the Jets are saying there is no tear. Pennington describes the injury as a "charley horse" in his shoulder. It's still unclear it Pennington will be available for the Jets next game at Cleveland. Quincy Carter will fill-in for Pennington. A lot of scouts think Carter is a bad fit for the Jets West Coast offense. Expect the Jets to try to win this game with strong defense, special teams, running the football, and with a very conservative passing attack. This could work against a Ravens team with one of the NFL's worst offenses. Don't be shocked if this game finishes with a score of 9-6, going either way.

The Jets placed backup safety Derek Pagel (calf-out) on injured reserve. He tore his calf muscle. Pagel was one of the Jets better special teams cover guys. To take his spot on the roster, the Jets signed Oliver Celestin off the Minnesota Vikings practice squad. He is a former NFL Europe standout.

Backup safety Rashad Washington (foot-out) will miss his fourth straight game with an undisclosed foot injury. The rookie was just playing on special teams prior to the injury.

Free safety Jon McGraw (groin-questionable) aggravated a preseason groin injury during the Jets loss at Buffalo last week. He hasn't practiced this week, and he would have to considered very questionable at this point, especially with the Jets facing a Ravens team with a weak passing attack. They can probably get by without him. McGraw has been the Jets third safety this year, rotating in the game for the two starters, and also playing in nickel situations. With Pagel and Washington out, and possibly McGraw as well, expect to see Celestin see action just six days after being signed by the team. Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson intends on playing him in passing situations, and just have him cover someone man-to-man. This way he can get by without knowing the entire system.

Defensive end John Abraham (illness-probable) suffered food poisoning after eating a chicken dish that didn't agree with him on Tuesday. He hasn't practiced this week, but will likely play on Sunday.

Defensive end Shaun Ellis (groin-probable) was upgraded from questionable and should play. He didn't practice on Wednesday, but did on Thursday. The Jets need to start cutting back on his plays. He has been overused thus far with Bryan Thomas rarely subbing for him. This injury will probably force the Jets to do this. Thomas played well last week with one tackle on the line, and another for a loss.

Linebacker Sam Cowart was taken off the injury report and will return this week from a knee injury that kept him out two months. He will play a limited role, and take the field for about 10-15 plays. One way the Jets intend on getting Cowart and fellow middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma on the field together is by playing more of the 3-4 look.

Nickel back Derrick Strait will return after missing a month with a foot injury. He will return to the nickel back role he was handling before the injury. He and veteran Terrell Buckley could split time at this spot. The return of Strait is very timely for the Jets who are very thin in the secondary right now. Strait is faster than Buckley which comes in handy when dealing with the quick players who usually line up in the slot.

Linebacker Jason Glenn will likely miss another 3 weeks with a broken right arm. He has been missed on special teams where he's the team's spiritual leader and one of their top tacklers.


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