Jets ink veteran WR to fill Chrebet void

November 13th, 2003
With WR Wayne Chrebet on the shelf for the remainder of the season with post concussion syndrome, the Jets inked seven year veteran WR Kevin Lockett. Also: Latest injury updates. With WR Wayne Chrebet on the shelf for the remainder of the season with post concussion syndrome, the Jets inked seven year veteran WR Kevin Lockett.

Lockett, a 6-0, 186-pound wide receiver, has had stints with Kansas City (1997-2000), Washington (2001-02) and Jacksonville (2002). The former second-round draft choice from Kansas State has played in 84 career games, starting 10 of them, and has caught 125 passes for 1,662 yards and eight touchdowns. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native has also averaged 6.9 yards on 39 career punt returns. Lockett was released by Jacksonville during training camp this season and did a private workout for the Jets back in October. He will likely step in as the third receiver behind Santana Moss and Curtis Conway.

The fate of Wayne Chrebet may not be as bleak as many think. Despite being put on injured reserve for the remainder of this season, team doctor Elliot Pellman is confident that Chrebet will be back next season.

"This is about Wayne returning to the Jets as a football player," said Pellman "It is to prevent him from heading into that dark hole of being predisposed to post-concussion syndrome. We are giving Wayne every opportunity to get better."

Jets GM Terry Bradway told the media yesterday that the team did put a waiver claim on released Browns WR Kevin Johnson. However, Jacksonville was awarded the WR due to them having a worse record than the Jets and being higher on the waiver priority list.

Both S Jon McGraw and CB Donnie Abraham who have been shelved for several weeks due to shoulder injuries, returned to full practice yesterday and both have been upgraded on the injury list from OUT to QUESTIONABLE. The Coach told the media yesterday that he will have to see how they both perform in practice this week before he decides if they will play. DE John Abraham is still listed as OUT for Sunday and CB Ray Mickens who is suffering from a sore neck is PROBABLE.

The Jets may catch a break this Sunday and not have to face Colts WR Marvin Harrison who has killed the team in the past. Harrison, who is nursing a pulled hamstring, is listed as DOUBTFUL for Sunday and the buzz as of today is that he will not play. However, the Jets shouldn’t feel too comfortable with Harrison out because his replacement WR Troy Walters, has 56 catches and 7 TD’s this season.

We are hearing that DT Josh Evans will not be activated this Sunday. The Jets must make a decision after this weekend whether they will activate Evans or release him.

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