Catching a Break

Two weeks ago the Jets faced a banged up Browns' secondary. Last week the Chargers' big-hitting safety Rodney Harrison was serving a one-game suspension. Now, Dolphins' quarterback Ray Lucas could be sidelined when Miami comes to the Meadowlands this Sunday.

Lucas is listed as questionable with a bruised right shoulder, which he suffered in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Packers. In the second period Lucas was knocked out of the game, and third-string quarterback Sage Rosenfels stepped in and threw three incomplete passes in his first NFL appearance. Lucas was able to return and played the entire second half, but Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said his quarterback is in pain.


"He was hurting pretty good this morning," Wannstedt said.


An MRI exam revealed no breaks or tears, but it is uncertain as to when Lucas will be able to return to practice. If he can't play against the Jets on Sunday, then Rosenfels will make his first NFL start.


The Jets have more to worry about than Miami's quarterback situation. The last time they played the Dolphins, RB Rickey Williams ran for 151 yards and a touchdown. The Jets gave up 211 yards rushing that game. If Lucas can't play on Sunday, the Jets can expect a heavy dose of Williams.


"You don't need any extra motivation going up against Ricky," said defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell. "We know he's a great running back. He's one of the best in the league, and he had a good game against us last time."


The Jets run defense has vastly improved over the last few weeks. They held the Chargers' RB LaDainian Tomlinson to just 60 yards on the ground, and have held their last three opponents under 100 yards rushing. The last running back to gain 100 yards on the Jets was Kansas City's Priest Holmes, a month ago.

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