Nickel back Deion Sanders is questionable with a strained left toe and
probably will be inactive, meaning Corey Fuller and Ray Walls will pick up his
coverage responsibilities and could be inviting targets for Jets quarterback
"That toe is pretty sore," Billick said.
The Jets downgraded defensive end Shaun Ellis (groin) to questionable, the second time his status has changed this week. Rush end John Abraham, who leads the AFC with 8 ½ sacks, missed practice the last few days because of food poisoning. He needed an IV because of dehydration, but is probable for Sunday.
MOVING ON: Cornerback Gary Baxter was beaten deep for a touchdown by wide receiver Justin McCareins during the Ravens' playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Now, McCareins is with the Jets after signing a seven-year, $24 million contract that included a $7 million signing bonus. Baxter, who was hampered by an abdominal hernia that required off-season surgery, gets another crack at McCareins on Sunday in the Meadowlands.
"That touchdown I gave up is in the past, and I'm looking forward to covering him," Baxter said. "You have to have a short memory to play cornerback in this league. Let's see what happens now that my stomach is right again."
SLOW PACE: Kevin Johnson averaged 66 receptions per season during his first five years in the NFL.
Since the Ravens traded a fourth-round draft pick for him on draft day this spring, he has caught just 14 passes for 153 yards and is on pace for a career-low 28 catches. Imposing rookie Clarence Moore has passed him on the depth chart.
"It's not a wide-open offense," Johnson said. "Whatever you're called upon to do, whenever you're called upon, you have to get the job done because there aren't a lot of passes being thrown. You can't let any balls get by you because you might not get another chance."
FEARLESS: Ravens rookie return specialist B.J. Sams has returned two punts for touchdowns, and ranks second in the AFC with a 12.6 return average.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Sams leads the entire NFL with 26 returns out of the 29 punts kicked to him, meaning he rarely calls for a fair catch.
"Don't play afraid and be thinking too much," Jets special-teams man Jerricho Cotchery told New York reporters, "or he'll embarrass you."
LAST FINE: The Jets' game is the final one where running back Jamal Lewis
will be docked his game check. Lewis was suspended for two games without pay and
fined an additional two weeks of salary for a total lost of nearly $761,000.
QUICK HITS: Billick huddled with team owner Steve Bisciotti minutes before his final press conference of the week. Any advice from the man who signs the checks and built a $31 million football palace that includes an ice cream dispenser in the press room? "Just win, baby," Billick said. … The Jets are undefeated (4-0) at home for the first time since 1985. ... When the Ravens win the turnover battle under Billick, they're 42-2 (.956). ...Bids on Jamal Lewis' autographed black jersey are up to $4,150 on Ebay.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and ravensinsider.com