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Jets Have Their "Corner"-Backs To The Wall
November 11th, 2003
Just when you thought the Jets secondary couldn't possibly be more banged up, the team announced that they may be without CB Ray Mickens this Sunday. The team also announced that KR Michael Bates has been placed on the injured reserve list and another CB has been signed from the practice squad. Just when you thought the Jets secondary couldn't possibly be more banged up, the team announced that they may be without CB Ray Mickens this Sunday. The team also announced that KR Michael Bates has been placed on the injured reserve list and another CB has been signed from the practice squad.

Mickens suffered a strain/sprain of the neck during the game on Sunday. Afterwards, he was held back overnight, examined and given a CAT scan. All tests came back negative and he returned to NY yesterday. Reportedly, Mickens underwent an MRI upon his return and results are expected today. At this point, the CB is very sore and his status is questionable for the Colts game. Mickens is currently subbing for the injured Donnie Abraham (shoulder). Abrahamís status will be updated on Wednesday but heís reportedly still a week or two away from returning. If Mickens canít go, CBís Jamie Henderson and Ray Green will fill in.

For more depth in the secondary, the team signed cornerback Omare Lowe to the active roster from the practice squad and placed running back/kick returner Michael Bates on injured reserve. The Jets also re-signed linebacker Mark Brown to the practice squad.

Bates signed with the Jets as a free agent on September 10, 2003 and averaged 27.1 yards on 22 kickoff returns in his eight games played. His 27.1 average ranks third in the AFC and he also recorded six tackles on special teams. Bates suffered a hand injury in the week nine game against the Giants and was unable to return kicks last week at Oakland, but did play on special teams.

Lowe is a 6-1, 195-pound cornerback from the University of Washington in his second season in the NFL who was signed to the Jetsí practice squad on October 15, 2003. He was originally a fifth round (161st overall) selection of the Miami Dolphins in the 2002 Draft. Lowe played in one game during his rookie year with Miami and was waived following their 2003 training camp. He spent time on the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans earlier in the 2003 campaign.

The status of DT Josh Evans is still up in the air. Evans was reinstated from a nine week drug suspension last week and has been working out with the team. The Jets have a two week roster exemption with Evans and Edwards told the media that he would make a decision on Evans this week.

Iím sure that most of you recall the season ticket waiting list debacle from the summer. However, you may not be aware that NY State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer got involved after the legality of the whole policy was questioned. Under intense pressure from the fans and media, the Jets amended the policy. Also, after negotiations with Spitzer, a final policy was announced yesterday for all on the list.

The Jets agreed to establish a lifetime cap of $500 on the waiting list fees one person can pay, to provide a refund of the initial $50 waiting list fee for people who want their names taken off the list and to disclose where consumers are located on the list so they can better gauge how long they'll have to wait for tickets. Members may also transfer their name on the list to someone else if they move out of state.

The Jets released an official response after Spitzerís office announced the policy:

"In August, we amended our wait list policy after speaking with many fans, to have the fee applied to their eventual season-ticket purchase. Subsequently, we were pleased to work with the state attorney general's office on some straightforward clarifications. We have now developed a policy that is sure to benefit all our fans."