Martin on the Mend

RB Curtis Martin has been receiving treatment day and night on his injured left ankle and Herm Edwards will evaluate him at the end of the week to determine if he can go against the Patriots on Sunday.

Martin will not practice today, and he is listed as questionable for the game. He told Edwards during last week's game in Buffalo that he wanted to play this week. If Martin can't play, RB LaMont Jodan will be get the start. Jordan is wearing a soft cast on his sore left wrist, which he injured while blocking on a kickoff return against the Bills. He will wear the cast during Sunday's game, but the Jets do not feel it will hinder his ability to carry and catch the ball.

 

CB Jamie Henderson has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's game, and DT Larry Webster was upgraded to probable. Webster is expected to play, and will platoon with the starters at defensive tackle. T Chris Smith is out…

 

Edwards held a moment of silence at the beginning of this morning's team meeting in honor of 9/11. He indicated that last season when the NFL was contemplating whether to cancel games after 9/11, the Jet players said they would forfeit the game and take an 0-2 record rather than play.

 

The Patriots have won nine games in a row dating back to last season and Edwards labeled them as the best team in football right now. On Monday night, the Steelers committed 13 penalties and five turnovers in a losing effort against New England, and it is apparent that you cannot turnover the ball against this team and expect to win. The Jets will have to do a lot better than their 10-penalty performance against the Bills last weekend.

 

The Patriots have seven former Jets on their active roster, all of which play a prominent role in their defense. DE Anthony Pleasant, DT Steve Martin, LB Roman Phifer and CB Otis Smith all start, with DE's Bobby Hamilton and Rick Lyle, and S Victor Green rotating in.

 

Former Jet special team standout Chris Hayes, who signed with New England in the offseason, was just waived… The Patriots are very interested in signing RB Jamal Anderson, and are reportedly waiting for him to get into game shape before completing a deal.

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