Abraham out of Patriots game

Jets star defensive end John Abraham will miss his third straight game with a LCL sprain in his right knee.<p>

It's unlikely Abraham will be back for the season finale against the St. Louis Rams either.

"He has a long road to hoe," said Jets coach Herman Edwards. "He is slowly but surely getting better."

Bryan Thomas has done a solid job filling in for Abraham, and this allows the team to take their time bringing Abraham back.

Thomas made a lot more plays in his first start for Abraham against Houston than he did in his second start against Seattle. There is a good reason for that. He was being blocked by the Seahawks All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones.

Abraham will likely return for the first round of the playoffs if the Jets make the second season.

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