Pennington Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

The NFL announced today that Jets' quarterback Chad Pennington was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for week 16.

In a must-win game for the Jets, Pennington led New York to a 30-17 victory over the New England Patriots. He completed his first 11 passes of the game before throwing an incompletion, and finished with a 69.7 percent completion rate (23-33). He threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions, for a passer rating of 126.5.


"While the award might have my name on it, this is a reflection of our entire team," said Pennington. "We've been fighting and battling and trying our best to get into the playoffs and this award reflects our resolve and our spirit."


Pennington was also named offensive player of the week in week 11 (against Detroit), and becomes just the second Jet in team history to be named to that honor more than once in a season. The other was QB Ken O'Brien, who won the award three times.


Donnie Abraham's bruised quad is not too serious, and he is listed as probable, and expected to play on Sunday. He did not practice on Thursday. There are no other Jet players on the injury list, although Dave Szott has been held out of practice for the last two days. There is no official word on his injury, but it's most likely involving his surgically repaired knee.


For the Packers, their biggest injury concern is safety Darren Sharper, who is questionable with a knee injury he suffered in last week's win against Buffalo. Sharper has seven interceptions on the season, and is one of the game's best safeties. Green Bay's other questionable players are defensive end Keith McKenzie and tackle Earl Dotson.


The Packers signed former NFL special team's star Eric Metcalf this week to return punts.



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