Jets injury report analysis

Running back Curtis Martin (knee-probable) was upgraded from questionable on Thursday, and should be fine to start on Sunday.

He strained his right knee in the Jets win over Miami last Sunday. The injury happened in the first quarter, but he never came out of the game. Even if Martin starts this Sunday, expect to see more of free agent addition Derrick Blaylock, who the Jets are looking to get more involved.

Fullback Jerald Sowell (ankle-probable) was upgraded from questionable on Thursday. He practiced full on Thursday, and didn't seem limited. His backup B.J. Askew (ankle-doubtful) most likely won't play. Not only is he dealing with an ankle injury, but also an elbow ailment. Askew did suit up for practice on Thursday, but didn't get much work. Askew doesn't play much on offense, but is one of the Jets special teams players. His role of backup fullback will be filled by reserve running back Cedric Houston. Free safety Erik Coleman (thumb-questionable) attempted to practice on Thursday, but the big cast he has on his surgical right thumb is making it very hard on him to function. Coleman had surgery on the thumb, which was dislocated against Miami, on Monday. He clearly is 50-50 at this point. If he can't go, Oliver Celestin, will fill in. There shouldn't be much of a dropoff if Celestin starts. Coleman and Celestin are close in talent.

Backup defensive end Trevor Johnson (concussion-doubtful) likely won't play this week. He has practiced, but not in contact drills. Johnson has concussion issues at Nebraska, so the Jets are going to be very careful with him. The Jets are okay at defensive end without Johnson with the rotation of John Abraham, Shaun Ellis and Bryan Thomas, three first round picks.

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