Injury Report analysis

Running back Derrick Blaylock (ankle-out) still isn't practicing, and is likely out for the year.

His role of backup tailback, and kickoff fullback, is being filled by rookie Cedric Houston.

Quarterback Jay Fiedler (shoulder-out) is making progress, but is still probably three weeks away from a possible return. He's still not practicing, though he was throwing fades into the end zone on Thursday from the 10 yard line. If current starter Brooks Bollinger plays well the next few weeks, the Jets might shut Fiedler down for the season. Remember the Jets offensive line is struggling, so it might not be worth it to start Fiedler, coming off a shoulder injury, in a few meaningless games at the end of the season. Herman Edwards claims he's not sure who the Jets #2 will be this week - Kliff Kingsbury or Vinny Testaverde.

Defensive tackle Sione Pouha (calf-questionable) was upgraded from probable to questionable on Thursday, but downgraded back to questionable on Friday. He returned to practice on Thursday after missing the session on Wednesday, but then was shutdown on Friday. Don't expect him to play this week. He was playing about 10 snaps a game spelling starting nose tackle James Reed. Lance Legree will handle that role.

Cornerback David Barrett (eye) was listed as probable on Wednesday and Thursday, but was taken off the injury report on Friday. He will return to action this week from a scratched eye after missing three games. This is great news for the Jets, fwho face Tom Brady and the pass-happy Patriots. Rookie Justin Miller has been inconsistent filling in for Barrett. Also the return of Barrett gives the Jets another cover guy to deal with the Patriots four wide receiver sets. Barrett's return could help the Jets a great deal in Foxboro.

Running back Curtis Martin (knee-probable) didn't practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but did practice on Friday, and will start on Sunday. This has been the case most of the year. Martin hardly practices, and plays on Sunday. The knee injury was suffered in Week One against Kansas City. But expect Houston, who is Martin's backup, to carry the ball six or seven times in this game. They Jets want to see what he brings to the table down the stretch.

Safety Rashad Washington (hip/quad-probable) didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but did some limited work on Friday. He plays a lot of dime packages, and actually had a sack last week on a blitz of Aaron Brooks. He's 50-50 to play on Sunday.

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