Dearth suffered a strained left Achilles, while Smith left with a knee injury. It is uncertain as to how the injuries were sustained or how serious they are. C Dennis O'Sullivan would be Dearth's replacement as the long snapper. If Smith were to miss an extended period of time, the Jets would be in a tight situation, with Jumbo Elliott as the team's only backup tackle. Even with Smith healthy, he is extremely raw and doesn't add a great deal of depth to the team.
S Sam Garnes appears to be protecting his fractured left thumb during practices. He had a nice, one-handed interception today with his right hand, but seemed hesitant to use his left hand to bring in the ball. Garnes has been wearing a protective hard cast that covers the left thumb and hand. He will start on Sunday in Buffalo.
Although DT Larry Webster has returned to practice and been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's game, the Jets say he is not 100% and are concerned about bringing him back too fast. Webster will be re-evaluated as we get closer to game day.
Herm Edwards said today,
"You can't lose your job because of injury. Someone has to beat you out. That is my rule of thumb."
The comment was made when a question was asked about DE John Abraham. Abraham will most likely start on Sunday, but Edwards said if he gets 25 snaps, it would be a lot. Expect between 20-25 snaps for Abraham.
It appears as though Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae will start the season without a new contract from the Jets. Mawae and the Jets management have been trying to negotiate a contract extension during the preseason. The Jets chose first to complete new deals with RB Curtis Martin and WR Wayne Chrebet. Edwards remained positive however and felt that the distraction could be a benefit to Mawae this season.
"Yes it will affect him," Edwards said. "I think it will make him mad and he'll probably have his best year."