A look into the Jets injuries

Here is an evaluation of the Jets mysterious injury report:

Starting FB B.J. Askew (foot-questionable) didn't practice on Thursday, but should play on Sunday. He takes painkillers on Sunday when he plays. Backup FB James Hodgins (questionable-knee) is also hurt. Hodgins, who had major knee surgery last year, is having problems with his knee again. There is a good chance rookie Stacy Tutt will take Hodgins place this week as the team's backup fullback. The Jets like to use Tutt in an H-Back role, since he's a very good receiver. Tutt is a much better athlete than Hodgins, and much more of a threat in the passing game.

Veteran CB David Barrett (hip-questionable) didn't practice on Thursday, but should be able to play a limited role, like he has all year. Journeyman CB Hank Poteat has been starting of late. The Jets are limiting Barrett's plays this year due to a groin injury he suffered in training camp. However, the Jets might need Barrett to play more this week with the injury to starting cornerback Andre Dyson (knee-questionable). Dyson hurt his knee in the second half against Miami, and needed help off the field. He was limping around the practice field this week, and his status for the game is very iffy. If Dyson can't go, expect a bigger role not only for Barrett, but Drew Coleman, who hasn't played much recently after starting earlier in the year.

Dyson is probably more doubtful than questionable, but to Eric Mangini, the doubtful category basically doesn't exist.

WR Laveranues Coles (head-questionable) didn't practice on Thursday, and his status for the game is up on the air. He probably suffered a concussion last week against Miami on a big hit from linebacker Zach Thomas. But the Jets never like to use the "C" word. But knowing how unbelievably tough Coles is, and with the magnitude of the Jets-Oakland game, expect him to play.

Backup S Eric Smith (foot-questionable) didn't practice on Thursday, but will likely play. He is one of the Jets best special teams player, and is rotating in at safety. He played with this injury last week.

RB Cedric Houston (calf-questionable) didn't practice on Thursday, but should be able to play on Sunday. He was inactive last week, but his calf is feeling better after a week and a half of rest. After Kevan Barlow's (thigh-questionable) poor performance against Miami, expect the Jets to use a platoon of Houston and Leon Washington at tailback against Oakland. The Barlow thigh injury just could be an excuse for the Jets to de-activate him without they media making a big deal out of it.

S Kerry Rhodes (knee-questionable) had a big wrap on his right knee in the locker room Thursday. He hurt his knee against Miami. He didn't practice this week, and his status is unknown for Sunday.

"You have to ask coach," said Rhodes about his injury. That would be a waste of time because Mangini doesn't answer injury questions.


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