Friday injury report analysis

Quarterback Chad Pennington (shoulder-out) is improving, but still hasn't begun to throw yet.<p>

That will likely happen next week. It's still unclear whether he will return for the Jets game at Arizona next week. Taking his place for the second straight week is former Dallas Cowboy Quincy Carter. He played well in the first half last week against Baltimore, but not so great in the second half. This week's Cleveland defense will be a tough challenge for him because they are coached by coordinator Dave Campo, the former Cowboys coach, who knows Carter as well as any coach in the league. Campo will know how to attack Carter, who didn't respond well last week to the Ravens blitzes. The Browns defense is much-improved over last year. They have very good speed at linebacker.

Linebacker Jason Glenn (arm-out) had the cast removed from his broken arm, but still will be out at least another two weeks. He is primarily a special teams player. He hasn't been able to do any upper body work for a month. He also couldn't run, so he has a lot of conditioning work to do now.

Safety Rashad Washington (questionable-foot) has missed a month with a sprained foot, and there is a chance he could return this week. He was having trouble planting last week, but this week he says his foot is a lot better. Washington is mainly a special teams player.

Tight end Chris Baker (hand-probable) will play with a broken bone in his right hand. He will have a special brace made for the hand. The injury could hinder his blocking a little bit. It did in the second half of last weeks game against Baltimore.

Safety Jon McGraw (groin-probable) missed last week with a groin injury that has bothered him on-and-off throughout the season. He originally suffered the injury in training camp. If he plays this week, his role will be limited to passing downs. This injury likely isn't going to be 100 percent the rest of the season.

Defensive end Shaun Ellis was removed from the injury report on Thursday after being listed a probable on Wednesday. He missed the Jets last game with a groin injury.

The Jets got a big break on the Browns injury report when speedy wideout Andre Davis was downgraded from questionable to doubtful on Friday. He has a bad turf toe. He is the type of fast receiver who gives the Jets speed-challenged secondary fits. The Browns are one of the most banged up teams in the NFL. They put tight end Chad Mustard on injured reserve on Thursday. He is the 12th player they have put on IR this year. Both their first (tight end Kellen Winslow) and second (safety Sean Jones) round picks are out for the year.

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