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Pennington back to work, Jets cut backup QB

By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets
October 22nd, 2003
QB Chad Pennington returned back to practice today, and for the first time since August took snaps with the starting unit. With Pennington ready to play, the Jets cut backup QB Jamie Martin.

Pennington back to work, Jets cut backup QB. Chad Pennington returned back to practice today and for the first time since August took snaps with the starting unit. With Pennington ready to play, the Jets cut backup QB Jamie Martin.

With the prospect of returning to the bench current starter Vinny Testaverde is handling the demotion like a consummate professional. ``I don't want anybody to think that I'm happy about being the backup because the fire burns in me to be the starter” said Testaverde today. ``But I also want to be a team player and do what's best for the football team.

As bummed as Testaverde is about going back to the bench, Pennington is that much pumped to get back to action. “I’m excited just to get the chance to play” Said Pennington. “The opportunity to come back from an injury like this and play again this season is exciting to me”

No word from the Coach on when the QB switcheroo may occur. No one on the team tipped their hand today. However unless Vinny struggles right from the get go, the switch will probably not occur until at least the middle of quarter two or even after the half.

QB Jamie Martin, who was signed a free agent after Pennington was injured was released today and his roster spot was taken by G Brandon Moore who was signed from the practice squad.

WR Wayne Chrebet (Back) and CB Jamie Henderson (Knee) continued to both sit out of practice and are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. They were joined by LB Mo Lewis who aggravated a hip injury that was operated on during the off-season and RB LaMont Jordan who has a sore back. Lewis, who is listed as questionable will be replaced by rookie Victor Hobson if he can’t go. Jordan is listed as probable and will likely be able to play against Philly. S Jon McGraw (Shoulder) and CB Donnie Abraham are both still listed as out, and will remain that way for several more weeks.

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