A heaping helping of Wednesday Whispers

Quarterback Vinny Testaverde is listed a probable, but it's unclear whether he has a calf or Achilles injury.

After the Atlanta game, it was described as an Achilles injury, and then Monday it was a calf, and now it's an Achilles again. Whatever it is, the wrap he had on his leg on Monday has been removed, so he's obviously feeling a lot better . . .

Rookie wide receiver Harry Williams, still recovering from September knee surgery in September, returned to practice on Wednesday. He is currently on the practice squad. Williams is the type of speed receiver that the Jets desperately need, so he should have a bright future with the club. He runs in the 4.4 area . . .

Safety Oliver Celestin (knee) was downgraded from doubtful to out on Wednesday, but did participate in practice on a limited basis . . .

Running back Curtis Martin is listed as probable with a knee injury, and wasn't supposed to practice on Wednesday, but convinced the coaches to let him work.

"I was supposed to be limited, but for me, I was more interested in getting a take on exactly where I'm at," said Martin. "I tried to take as many reps as I could today.

You often hear about teams using eight men in the box. Well Martin said on Wednesday that a lot of teams are playing nine men in the box against the Jets. This is clearly because they don't fear the Jets passing game . . .

The Jets defensive line could have a field day against San Diego's banged up offensive line. It looks like the Chargers will likely be without two starters on the offensive line – center Nick Hardwick and left tackle Roman Oben. Hardwick's backup Bob Hallen, isn't a bad player, but the Chargers reserve left tackle Leander Jordan is a player that John Abraham and Shaun Ellis should be able to do a lot of damage against. Jordan has never started an NFL game at left tackle. Abraham and Ellis have to be licking their chops . . .

Oben and Hardwick are just two of many Chargers who are banged up. They are both questionable along with cornerback Drayton Florence (ankle), linebacker Steve Foley (sports hernia), linebacker Randall Godfrey (neck), guard Mike Goff (ankle), kicker Nate Kaeding (back) and safety Terrence Kiel (ankle).

But according to one Charger scribe, coach Marty Schottenheimer likes to list players are questionable, but most of the listed players will play on Sunday . . .

The Jets fumbled four times in their last game to raise their season total to 22. That equals the highest total in the NFL after seven games in the past 15 years . . .

The Chargers will fly to New York on Friday night. Usually teams fly in the day before the game, but sometimes on cross country trips, they leave a day early . . .

The Jets released linebacker Renauld Williams from the practice squad to make room for defensive tackle Matt McChesney . . .

Safety Erik Coleman continues to wear a bulky cast on the hand he broke in September . . .

Center Kevin Mawae's arm surgery last week wasn't performed by the Jets doctors, but by a surgeon in Southern California . . .

The Jets run defense, ranked 30th in the NFL, better get their act together this week with tailback LaDainian Tomlinson coming to town. He is perhaps the NFL's best rusher. He is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and has 10 touchdowns on the year. The Chargers are ranked third in the NFL in rushing. But the injuries on the Chargers offensive line could help the Jets cause.

Former NFL coach Jim Mora always used to say, "In order to win in the NFL, you have to run the ball and stop the run."

Now you can understand why the Jets are 2-5, they are having trouble in both areas . . .

If the Jets struggling passing offense can't get going this week, it might never happen this year. The Chargers pass defense is ranked 29th in the league, and is the Achilles heal of the team . . .

Backup quarterback Jay Fiedler didn't throw on Wednesday. He is attempting to comeback from a separated shoulder, and looks to still be a month away from playing . . .

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is the eternal optimist.

"We can still win the division and get into the playoffs," said Vilma.

Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer is very impressed with Vilma.

"Vilma, I don't know if he's ever blocked," said Schottenheimer. "I look at him, and just shake my head." . . .

During his conference call with New York reporters, Chargers quarterback Drew Brees was asked a myriad of questions about how he would feel about playing for the Jets next year. Brees is a free agent after this season, and either he or his backup Phillip Rivers, will likely be traded after this season.

"I want to be somewhere that I am wanted and they believe that I'm the guy," said Brees. "I'll land on my feet and I will make it some where, but I like I've said, I hope it's [in San Diego]." . . .

Word around Jets camp is that coach Herman Edwards is going to pull quarterback Vinny Testaverde if he gets off to another bad start. But the question is, what does Edwards consider a bad start? Since spotting the Falcons a 17-0 lead after three Testaverde fumbles wasn't enough, you have to wonder what standards Edwards is using.

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