Coles deal contingent on physicals

The rumors are close to becoming a reality.<p>

The Jets have traded wide receiver Santana Moss to the Washington Redskins for disgruntled wideout Laveranues Coles.

However, the trade won't be official until both players pass physicals early next week.

There is a small chance that one of these two players could fail a physical. Moss has a chronic hamstring problem, and Coles has a bad big right toe.

The Coles injury concerned the Redskins so much that they wanted him to have surgery on it. He refused and that is one of the reasons he had a falling out with Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. This was a factor in leading to him being traded.

It will be interesting to see if Jets doctor Elliot Pellman clears Coles to play with the toe ailment, or he agrees with the Redskins medical staff.

If Pellman thinks Coles needs surgery on the toe, which was broken, and now has developed arthritis, the deal might be off. Coles wants no part of surgery because he thinks it could jeopardize his career.

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