Jets Banged Up After Loss

As if Monday night's defeat wasn't hard enough to swallow, the Jets returned to New York banged up from a physically grueling battle with the Raiders.

Santana Moss and LaMont Jordan both suffered left ankle sprains in the game. X-rays were negative, but it is uncertain as to when the two will be able to practice again. Due to the short week, and the general fatigue of the entire team, Herman Edwards said the players will have a lighter practice than usual on Wednesday, and will not wear pads.


The Raiders not only play a physical brand of football, but many Jets claimed they played dirty as well. Josh Evans and others from the defensive line complained about constant chop blocking throughout the game, as well as a punch being thrown. Edwards said the Jets were aware of this heading into the game, and the fact that the Raiders lead the NFL in penalties.


Guard Dave Szott, who was figuring to play and even start against the Raiders, wound up getting a DNP. Edwards spoke with the veteran before the game and decided that he wasn't ready to go yet.


"In my mind the conversation [we had], it wasn't convincing," Edwards said. "It was convincing, but it was really one of those, got to wait another week [kind of things]."


Edwards said he was almost 100 percent sure that Szott would play this Sunday against the Broncos.


The Jets blew another time out again last week. This one came in the third period when Chad Pennington was forced to call a time out in order to prevent a delay of game penalty. Pennington was also unhappy with the coverage he saw, but the Jets squandered another time out they could have used late in the game to stop the clock.


For the fifth time this season, John Hall has had a field goal blocked. This is an astronomical total, and the Jets must do something to correct the situation. Hall's field goal was for 34 yards, and had the Jets gotten those three points, would have only needed a field goal to tie the Raiders late in the game. There have been times when Hall's kick was low, but on this situation the blocking was at fault, and Rod Woodson came in untouched to make the block.

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