When Martin returned to practice just five days after spraining the ankle in the season opener at Buffalo, it didn't appear the injury was too serious. Edwards revealed today that the sprain Martin suffered usually sidelines a player for three weeks. Martin's incredible threshold for pain enabled him to come back right away, but it has become clear that the ankle has not healed the way they had hoped it would.
Martin confessed the ankle was giving him tremendous pain throughout the Miami game, and he felt it every time he ran, cut, jumped, or was tackled. He did maintain however that he doesn't think the ankle would prevent him from performing. Martin sat out of practice today and Edwards will evaluate him throughout the week before making a decision. If he can't go, RB LaMont Jordan would get the start, and is more than a capable back. Jordan's power style of running might even make things easier for the offensive line.
The Jets are going to simplify their offense and try to get back to basics. Edwards and Paul Hackett met on Monday night, and the Jets feel that simplifying the offense and running the ball is the key. They want to get the offensive line hitting people and moving forward rather than chasing pass rushers all game. The struggles of the offensive line have been well documented this season, and a simplified, run-dominated attack is what they plan to do.
LB Mo Lewis is listed as probable with a hip flexor, as is WR Santana Moss with a hamstring. S Damien Robinson is probable and will start at free safety on Sunday. CB Jamie Henderson is also probable, and should see his first action of the season against Jacksonville. With Henderson returning to the dime back position, and Robinson at free safety, rookie S Jon McGraw could have his role reduced to just special teams. FB Richie Anderson is probable with an Achilles injury, and T Chris Smith is probable with knee and groin injuries.