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Running back Curtis Martin had a scope on his injured right knee on Tuesday. The surgery was a success (what NFL surgery isn't), and he is out for the year.

Martin had several lose particals removed from his knee, but there wasn't any structural damage. Martin couldn't bend his knee or straighten it out prior to the surgery. On Wednesday, he said he felt great. He thinks he will be able to go out to California pretty soon and run the steps in Santa Monica, an off-season tradition for him.

"Yeah, even more this year, even more," said Martin. "I'm going to run them even harder." . . .

While running back Derrick Blaylock is listed as questionable with an ankle injury, don't expect him to play this week or possibly for the rest of the year. He's still having issues cutting on the surgical ankle that he injured in September.

"My cutting is still, I'd say 85 percent," said Blaylock . . .

Look for running back B.J. Askew to get on the field more this week following his impressive performance against Oakland. He carried the ball nine times for 54 yards against the Raiders. One Jets player said he reminded him of Eddie George. Expect more of an equal platoon of Askew and Cedric Houston this week . . .

The Jets have decided to shut down wide receiver Harry Williams, Jr. for the season. He suffered a knee injury in September, had a scope, and attempted to comeback in November from the ailment. But he never looked right. This is his first serious injury, and like a lot of young players, it's been hard for him to deal with it. He has never seemed comfortable running full throttle on the knee. He was often seeing messaging his knee in the locker room. So the team decided to keep him out the rest of the season and give him a full off-season to get it right . . .

We hear defensive end Shaun Ellis isn't going to play this week due to a severely pulled hamstring. His backup Brian Thomas is dealing with an arm injury, but he should be able to start for Ellis. On top of the injuries to Ellis and Thomas, Dewayne Robertson is questionable with a quad ailment. He hasn't practice all week, and is clearly 50-50 at this point. So with all these injuries up front, the Jets added two defensive lineman to their active roster.

Defensive end Dave Ball was signed off the San Diego Chargers practice squad, and defensive tackle Matt McChesney was elevated from the Jets practice.

Here is a scouting report on Ball, who was a fifth round pick of the Charers last year.

"He has some upside as a pass rusher, but he's not a great athlete," said the report. "He has a very good motor and is a high, high character kid... already married... left UCLA with 30.5 sacks and 43.5 tackles for loss, which were both school records... little stiff and can play high coming off the ball at times. Was playing pretty well with the Chargers as a rookie until he broke his foot... the Chargers then had a back load of DL bodies, so he got lost in the pack... good late-season pickup... maybe to send over to NFL Europe or a guy that could be in the team's rotation next year."

McChesney was a seventh round pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2005 NFL draft. He contacted West Nile Virus shortly after being drafted, and was out of commission for a couple of months, spending a good deal of time in the hospital. The Rams released him this summer. The Jets brought him in for a workout shortly thereafter, but he was still too weak to function on the NFL level. They flew him back to town in November to workout again, and he performed a lot better, so they signed him to the practice squad. They liked his work over the last month, and promoted him on Wednesday to the regular roster.

Here is a scouting report on McChesney:

"Plays with a lot of desire . . . shows good awareness and quickly locates the ball . . . active hands . . . can stack and shed at the line of scrimmage . . . good agility and body control . . . solid tackler . . . quick learner . . . comes out of his stance too high . . . doesn't show good initial quickness or explosive power . . . struggles to disengage . . . had some off the field incidents."

The Jets need a big nose tackle to help protect middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma, and McChesney could be a candidate. He's about 6-4, 315 pounds, and has a good build for the body-guard role . . .

Right tackle Scott Gragg is questionable with a back injury and hasn't practiced all week, but one player told JC the coaches expect him to be able to play on Sunday. If he can't go, backup left tackle Steve Morley will fill-in at right tackle. Morley played some right tackle in a couple of preseason games with the Green Bay Packers last summer. The Jets like Morley so much as a prospect, they recently gave him a contract extension . . .

Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor took a shot at Jets fans on Thursday.

"They don't have a whole lot else going for them and they rely on the Jets beating the Dolphins," said Taylor. "They all come down here. Where else are you going to go? They all come down here. I wouldn't want to live in New York in November or December either, so they come down here and fill up our stadium. They sit there and yell their chant, that's the only word they know how to spell and they love it."

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