McGraw returned to practice today, but battled through pain that ran down the left side of his neck, shoulder and torso. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Browns.
The condition of the Meadowlands field has continued to worsen and has become a big issue this season. The field was in the worst shape it's ever been in for the Vikings game, and the grounds crew has put new pallets in for Sunday. Unfortunately, no long term changes can be made until the off-season, when a decision could be reached on putting in the new field-turf or going back to astro-turf. Herm Edwards felt the poor field condition has negated some of the team's speed, particularly with the pass rush.
Edwards spoke to CB Donnie Abraham last week about picking up his game, and the conversation clearly paid off. Abraham had his best game of the season against Minnesota, intercepting QB Daunte Culpepper, and holding WR Randy Moss in check, all game.
The offensive line has picked up its play of late, and Edwards credits part of that to a return to the running game, which has allowed the line to set the tone and establish a rhythm. T Kareem McKenzie has been very consistent over the last few weeks, and C Kevin Mawae and T Jason Fabini have rebounded from early season struggles.
The Jets had a lot of success rotating their three receivers last week, and will continue to do that this Sunday against Cleveland. Wide receivers Wayne Chrebet, Santana Moss and Laveranues Coles combined for 15 catches for 250-yards against the Vikings.
Chad Pennington looks to improve upon his first 300-yard passing game a week ago, and Cleveland's injury problems could make that much easier to do. S Robert Griffith is out with a shoulder injury, CB Corey Fuller is out with a hamstring injury, and CB Dayleon McCutcheon is questionable with an elbow injury.