Injury Report Analysis - Askew should return

RB Derrick Blaylock (foot-out) broke a bone in his foot last Sunday, and will be out 6-8 week.

His job of backup tailback to Curtis Martin will be handled by Cedric Houston, the team's 2005 sixth round pick. The 225-pound Houston is more of a power back than Blaylock, so this could help the Jets struggling running attack a little bit. The thyroid problems Houston had at Tennessee are gone, so his stamina has improved. A medication given to him by the Jets doctors fixed the malady.

FB B.J. Askew (ankle-questionable) could return to action this week after missing two games with a sprained ankle. Askew was upgraded from questionable to probable on Friday. He is Jerald Sowell's backup fullback and one of the Jets top special teams players. However, he was held out of special team's practice on Friday for some reason.

LB Eric Barton (ankle-out) has a high ankle sprain and was downgraded to out on Thursday. He had been listed as questionable on Wednesday. He will be replaced for the third straight game by Mark Brown, who has done a solid job in his place. Barton should return next week. The team is in no rush because of Brown's ability.

QB Jay Fiedler (shoulder-out) will be out another six weeks, but did have the brace removed from his seperated shoulder this week. His job of #2 quarterback is being handled by Brooks Bollinger. Kliff Kingsbury is the #3.

DT Dewayne Robertson (knee-probable) returned to practice Thursday and Friday, after being held out Wednesday. He has a chronic knee problem, but is able to play with it. It hasn't impacted his performance, it's more of a pain issue, than something that will take away from his game.

RB Curtis Martin (knee-probable) was held out of practice on Wednesday, but returned on Thursday and Friday. He has been playing with a bruised knee the last few weeks, and this problem will likely linger for the entire season. He's not having a good season, but this is more a by-product of poor blocking than Martin's knee. He could get things going this week against the Bills 31st ranked run defense.

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