Feeling the Pain

Several Jets were nursing injuries resulting from Monday night's game, and did not practice today.

Josh Evans isn't listed on the injury report, but he was held out of practice on Wednesday with a right knee injury. He should be good to go on Sunday . . .Santana Moss didn't practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable with a sprained ankle. He was walking today without a limp and don't be shocked if he plays on Sunday . . .Aaron Beasley was also held out of practice on Wednesday with a headache. He's had headache issues since the Monday night game. Remember he had some major league hits in the game; including a big-time hit on Tim Brown jarring the ball lose on a deep completion. LaMont Jordan also sat out Wednesday's practice to rest his sprained left ankle. He is listed as questionable.

 

Ted Cottrell doesn't agree with the assessment that the Jets played a "bend, but don't break defense" in the Oakland game.

 

"Believe me we don't want to bend," Cottrell said.

 

Dave Szott worked a lot with the starting defense on Wednesday, and barring a setback, will make his Jets debut at left guard against the Broncos. He had a large ice bag wrapped around his surgical knee after practice.

Chad Pennington said the Jets last pass in the Raider game wasn't a "Hail Mary." Pennington threw a desperation pass at the end, but it was picked off by Rod Woodson on the 10-yard line, leaving a lot of people wondering why the pass wasn't thrown into the end zone since it was the last play of the game. Pennington said the idea was to have a player catch it in front of the end zone and run it in.

 

Herman Edwards said it was Anthony Becht's responsibility to block Rod Woodson on the blocked field goal. Becht however, had two blocking assignments on that play, and would not have been able to block out both men, without someone stepping in to help.

 

Pennington thinks if the Jets win their last four, they will make the playoffs.

 

"We control our own destiny, and I know 10-6 will get us in," the signal caller said.

 

Pennington is actually not entirely correct. 10-6 would give the Jets a good chance of making the playoffs, but if Miami wins their remaining four games, they would win the AFC East, forcing the Jets to make it in as a wild card team. There are currently eight teams in the AFC with more wins than the Jets, so winning a wild card spot could be a tougher challenge than winning the division.

 

The Jets didn't get home from Oakland until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, so Wednesday's practice was abbreviated, and without pads. Edwards said some of the coaches are suffering from sleep deprivation. Edwards had some of his coaches work on parts of the Raider game plan last week since this is a short workweek.


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